Arms and armour
34.8 cm (H)36 cm (W)
Place of origin
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Chastleton House, Oxfordshire (Accredited Museum)
HARQUEBUSIER'S BREASTPLATE; Of thick iron, with a crude raised neck, medial ridge and a narrow flange at the waist. The neck and arm edges have plain inward turns, and all the main edges are bordered by crude pierced holes for attachment of a lining. At either shoulder is a mushroom-headed stud for fastening the shoulder strap. At either side of the waist is a bracket for retaining the waist strap in position. Although tassets were never wron with these breast plates, two have been associated with it for display in the nineteenth or twentieth century. It is possible that this group once formed a composite pikeman's armour with CHS/A/2.Stamped at the neck is an illegible mark, possibly a helmeted A for the Armourer's Company of London.