Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Middle Flint Tower 1987.

Physical Description

Of duplex construction using a TOIRAS breastplate as the outer layer. It has a raised neck, medial ridge and a narrow flange at the waist. The neck and arm edges have plain inward turns. At either arm is a mushroom headed stud for the shoulder straps. Remains of the double incised line decoration of the TOIRAS breastplate are still visible at the shoulders. The edges are folded over at the sides, flange and shoulders. At the left is a proof mark. The exterior is bright but slightly patinated. Outer mean microhardness 258 Hv, inside 226 Hv.


Dimensions: height 440 mm, width 365 mm Weight: 3329 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with the maker's initials RR. Near the waist are the partially obliterated remains of the TOIRAS mark. Inside the outer breastplate at the left shoulder is a construction mark of 7 wedges.


Places England


This is the only known example of a Toiras breastplate incorporated into a duplex harquebus breastplate. There is at least one other Toiras breastplate cut down into the shape of a harquebus breastplate, however.