Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, AP.71.

Physical Description

With a raised neck and a deep flange at the waist. The neck, arm and flange edges are winwardly turned. At either shoulder is a restored shoulder strap with six plates, of which the rear-most two on the left and one on the right are original. At either side of the waist is a restored waist strap and buckle. The neck and arm edges are bordered by single incised lines. At either shoulder is an extra pair of rivet holes for other shoulder straps. The centre of the backplate is pierced with two holes for mounting. The straps were restored in February 1985.


Dimensions: height 39.5 cm ( 15.6 in ), width 32.1 cm ( 12.7 in ) Weight: 4 lb 1 oz ( 1.8 kg )

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck is stamped C for the maker and a helmeted A for the Armourers' Company of London. Inside is an incised V above the Flange, and 87 in orange paint.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 76.

P Connor (ed) All the Queen's horses, Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park, 2003:


It is possibly a pair to iii.1990. The same maker's mark appears on iii.2028 in the Littlecote collection. The same construction mark appears with L on iii.1969, 2007 and 2033, and with combined HK on iii.1990.