Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



From the Armoury at Littlecote House. Purchased 15/11/1985.

Physical Description

With a raised neck and medial keel terminating in a point at the waist, which is level and has an even flange. The neck and arm edges have plain, inward turns, and the arm edges are bordered by single, incised lines. At either arm is a mushroom-headed stud for the shoulder straps. It is of 'duplex' construction.

The neck edge is trimmed at the rear left and there are some cracks at the left shoulder.


Dimensions: height 436 mm ( 17.2 in ), width 314 mm ( 12.4 in ) Weight: 3370 g (7 lb 7 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the neck with recessed BK for the makers, Rafe Boulter and Sylvester Keene; overstruck with a helmeted A for the Armourers' Company of London; cross of St. Geaoge for the Commonwealth; to the right of the neck, 12. Inside the flange, struck with TD for the second maker, Thomas Dawson (?); incised XIII; and struck with two large circular marks, reading A...over a label of three prongs and a bar, low at the left and below the left arm.


Places England

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 330.


Formerly on loan AL17 to the Tower, 1968-1985.