Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Now overlaid with brass except for an inch-wide border which is pierced with a row of small holes in pair. A canvas lining band is held by a row of large brass rivets. One 19th century brass half-mushroom headed stud survives at the left arm of the breastplate, the other is missing. The backplate has two holes at either sid eof the wasit for the misisng waist straps, and two at either shoulder for the missing shoulder straps. The brass overlay and rivets were applied when the seventeenth century trooper's cuirass was converted for re-use in the early nineteenth century. This was probably done in 1821 for the Royal Horse Guards.


Dimensions: breastplate height 405 mm, width 312 mm, backplate height 380 mm, width 345 mm Weight: breast 4400 g (9 lb 12 oz), back 3050 g (6 lb 11 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible.


Places England

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate CXXI.