Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate



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Purchased from Sotheby's, New Bond Street, London, 12 January 1993 together with III.4550-5. From the collection of Mr W L Hill who purchased it at Wallis & Wallis Lewes sale 93, 1962, lot 822. Sold Sotheby's, London, 17 September 1992, lot 189/2.

Physical Description

Possibly from the armoury of William Mildmay (b.1623). It has a raised neck, is minimally shaped to the back and the shoulders and has a narrow flange at the waist. The edges of the neck, the arm-openings, and the bottom of the waist-flange have plain inward turns. At the top of each shoulder is pierced a pair of rivet-holes for the attachment of the shoulder-straps. An additional pair of holes is pierced just above those at the left shoulder, with one of the holes cracking through to the top edge of the shoulder. At either side, just above the waist, are three rivet holes placed in a semi-horizonatal line for the attachment of a waist-belt. In each case, the innermost and outermost holes are possibly of recent manufacture. An additional hole of recent manufacture is pierced at each armpit.

Originally black from the hammer, but now polished bright with heavy patination.

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the neck, slightly to the left of centre are the letters SK for the maker. At the centre of the neck is struck the helmeted A mark of the London Armourers Company and the crowned CR of the arsenal of Charles II. Inside are construction marks, X and 3 wedges, and the painted number 16.


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