Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, ap.61.

Physical Description

With a raised neck and narrow flange at the waist. The neck, arm and flange edges are inwardly turned. At either shoulder is a restored shoulder strap with six plates. At either side of the waist is a restored waist strap and buckle. The backplate is pierced with a large central hole for mounting. Fragments of the base of either original waist strap survive. The rearmost plates of the original shoulder straps survived at Littlecote, but have been lost since. The straps were restored in February 1986.


Dimensions: height 40.5 cm ( 16.0 in ) width 34.4 cm ( 13.6 in ) Weight: 3 lb 14 oz ( 1.8 kg )

Inscriptions and Marks

inside, above the flange is incised XX.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 249.


The same construction mark appears on iii.1981, 1995, 2001, 2016, 2022 and 2025 in the Littlecote collection. May be a pair to iii.1981, with which it was shown for a long period.