Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets



Object Number



Old Tower Collection. Lanthorn Tower 1988

Physical Description

The breastplate has a medial keel terminating in a point, the waist dipping down at the centre, and a broad flange. The arm and neck edges are inwardly turned, and bordered by a single incised line. The flange side edges are inwardly turned and accompanied by a sunken border. At either side of the chest is a plain swivel-hook inside a pierced stud and gilt stud for fastening the shoulder straps. The flange side edges are bordered by three gilt-headed decorative rivets. At the centre of the neck is a rivet.

The tassets are attached to the flange by two hinges, the hasps pointed at the bottom and rounded at the top. The tassets are each of one piece, embossed to simulate eight lames, the lower deeper than those above. The main edges are inwardly turned and accompanied by a sunken border containing close set gilt headed rivets. They are decorated with three vertical lines of rivets, with one at the top of each simulated lame, including the lower, terminating at the base in crosses crosslet formed of seventeen rivets. The inner edge of the right tasset is cut away at the top to facilitate overlapping. The right of the flange has a large cracked hole, and a large internal repair.


Dimensions: Overall Height: 62.8 cm (24.8 in), Breastplate., Height: 39.0 cm ( 15.3 in), Width: 34.5 cm ( 13.5 in), Tassets., Height : 30.5 cm ( 12.0 in), Width: 38.1 cm ( 15.0 in) Weight: 3.56 kg ( 7 lb 13.5oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with a crowned IR.


Places England


Part of the composite pikeman's armour on TL 1988/14 to the Passmore Edwards Museum, with III.2208, 2165 and IV.963.