Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, AP82. Formerly Tower, Sold Christie's 30 April 1973.

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 for fastening the shoulder straps. The tassets are missing there hinges and are attached to the flange by three rivets.

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, the right tasset has a double sunken border and medial ridge. They are decorated with three vertical lines of rivets, with one at the top of each simulated lame. In the third lame embossed lame of each tasset is a rectangular slot at either side, for the lower rivet of the original hinge.


Dimensions: Breastplate., Height: 42.8 cm ( 16.9 in), Width: 35.1 cm ( 13.9 in), Right tasset., Height: 27.1 cm ( 10.7 in), Width: 35.8 cm ( 14.1 in), Left Tasset., Height: 27.0 cm ( 10.7 in), Width: 34.0 cm ( 13.4 in) Weight: 3519 g (7 lb 12 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with a deep crowned IR. Stamped with the number 87. Sale tag attached, inscribed '30th April 1973 Lot no.126'.


Places England

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's The Contents of Littlecote House, Vol.II, 22 November 1985, Lot 216.


In 1985 hung in front of a lamp in the conservatory.