Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, ap.63.

Physical Description

With a raised neck and very narrow flange at the wiast. The neck, arm and flange edges are inwardly turned. At either shoulder is a restored shoulder strap with six plates, of which the rearmost of each is original. At either side of the waist is a restored waist strap and buckle.

Fragments of the original straps survive. The backplate is pierced at the centre for mounting.The straps were restored in February 1986.


Dimensions: height 37.7 cm ( 14.9 in ), width 34.2 cm ( 13.5 in ) Weight: 2 lb 10 oz ( 1.2 kg )

Inscriptions and Marks

Painted inside is 37 in orange.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 248.