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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.

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, bordered by single incised line. 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. They are decorated with three vertical lines of rivets, with one at the top of each simulated lame, including the lower, upward pointing triangles of three on the lower lame.


Weight: 7 lb 0 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

Near the neck is engraved HW. The left tasset is incised ME10 at the base. The right tasset is incised ME and WP25 at the base.


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