Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Accessioned while on loan to Intelligence & Security Group (Volunteers) (Loan L53) Spring 1987.

Physical Description

Of short-waisted form, with a medial ridge, a broad flange at the waist and a raised neck. It is of duplex construction. The neck, flange and arm edges have plain inward turns, bordered by single incised lines at the arms and flange, and decorative round headed rivets at the neck (11) and flange (17 of which 7 are missing). At either side of the chest is a mushroom-headed stud for the shoulder straps. At the left is a proof mark. Between the two layers is a third piece of metal, roughly circular in shape. It is covered in thick black paint. There is a large oval suspension hole at either shoulder.


Dimensions: height 405 mm, width 357 mm Weight: 4600 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped with a maker's mark at the right of the neck, obscured by paint, but visible in X-ray as RS for the maker, probably Richard Sherman. Inside is a construction mark at the angle of the flange, III and one wedge near the bottom edge. obscured by paint, possibly M.


Places England


Compare other members of this early group, some of which seem to be English (III.1966, III.2841, III.2822, III.4186) and others clearly Dutch (II.229, III.1541, III.2842).