Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Returned from loan 10 to Deal Castle, March 1989.

Physical Description

The breastplate has a raised neck and a medial ridge terminating in a point at the waist, which dips down to the centre and has an narrow flange. The arm and neck edges have plain inward turns. At either side of the chest is a mushroom-headed stud for the shoulder straps. At the left of the ridge is a proof mark. At either shoulder is a drilled suspension hole and another containing the remains of a screwed brass bracket for mounting. There are further suspension holes at either arm and low at the right side. The mushroom-headed studs have a piece of picture chain attached. Painted black.


Dimensions: height 432 mm (17.0 in), width 340 mm (13.4 in) Weight: 5000 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the neck with a helmeted A for the Armorers' company of London; and at the right of the flange TD for the maker. Incised and struck inside at the left with a construction mark, X and four wedge-shaped marks. Inside is stuck a label inscribed ':81000011'.


Places England