Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets



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Transferred to the Tower from Farleigh-Hungerford Castle in 1979. Taken into guardianship with the castle. Toiras armour was brought to the Tower after the Ile de Rhe adventure of 1627. Of the one thousand or so cuirasses captured from the French ship (possibly the Esprit) over two hundred breasts were stamped with Marshal Toiras' name.

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, At either side of the chest is a mushroom-shaped 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 six lames, the lower deeper than those above. The main edges are inwardly turned and accompanied by sunken border. They are decorated with three vertical lines of rivets.


Weight: 8 lb 4 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

Incised above the waist is the word TOIRAS.