Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate

Date

1650

Object Number

III.2432

Provenance

Middle Flint Tower (1987)

Physical Description

Short waisted with raised neck and flange at the waist. The neck and arm edges have plain inward turns. At either side of the chest is a mushroom-headed stud. There is a proof-mark on the middle left of the breastplate. There are modern drilled suspension holes at the shoulders, and the exterior retains traces of black paint.

Dimensions

Height 395mm, width 347mm, weight 4680g

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the neck with the maker's initials RB, the helmeted A used by the Armourers' Company of London during the commonwealth period, and the cross of Saint George. Struck low inside the left side with the maker's mark RB, and low inside the right side with two wedges.

Associations

Places England

Notes

A piece of wire, probably for attaching an inventory disc, was found in the breastplate in 1987, in suggesting that it had formerly been assigned another number which is not now identifiable.