Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

It has a raised neck, a medial ridge and a narrow flange at the waist. The neck and arm edges have plain inward turns. At either arm is a mushroom headed stud for the shoulder straps. Near the right arm is a proof mark. The exterior is black from the hammer. At either shoulder are two later pierced holes, and at either side of the flange two more.


Dimensions: height 445 mm, width 352 mm Weight: 4050 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped sans serif HC and helmeted A. Inside a construction mark x and 1 wedge.


Places England


The later holes show that this was at one time set up with tassets and (probably) shoulder straps as part of a cuirassier armour in a Tower display.