Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Tower arsenal, formerly on loan 180 to the Russell Coates Museum. Bournemouth.

Physical Description

The breastplate has a raised neck and a medial keel terminating in a point at the waist, which is level and a broad flange. The arm and neck edges have plain inward turns, bordered by a single incised line, with a deep V at the centre of the neck. The flange has an inward turn. At either side of the chest is a mushroom-headed stud for fastening the shoulder straps. At the left of the chest is a deep proof mark.

The surface is file hatched, horizontally at the bottom, angled up into a chevron at thetop, and vertically at the shoulders. At either shoulder is a small suspension hole. Black from the hammer.


Dimensions: Height: 43.4 cm (17.1 in), Width: 35.2 cm (14.0 in) Weight: 4.12 kg ( 9 lb 1.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the neck TD for the maker and helmeted A for the Armourer's Company of London. Incised VI on the inside of the angle of the flange.


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