Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets



Object Number



Transferred to the Tower from Farleigh-Hungerford Castle in 1979. Loan 22. Taken into guardianship with the Castle.

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 swivel-hook inside a pierced stud for fastening the shoulder straps. The tassets are attached to the flange by two hinges,

The tassets are each of one piece, embossed to simulate seven lames, the lower deeper than those above. The main edges are inwardly turned and accompanied by sunken border.


Weight: kg ( 7 lb oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

At centre below the neckline is stamped H. At the top of right tasset is incised 32 and at the bottom tasset is incised ME 34.


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