Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets



Object Number



Part of Loan 199 to the National Portrait Gallery. April 1968 to April 1986.

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 sunken borders. At either side of the chest is a plain broard swivel-hook inside a pierced stud for fastening the shoulder straps. The tassets are attached to the flange by two hinges, the hasps pointed at top and bottom.

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 borders. They are decorated with three vertical lines of rivets, with one at the top of each simulated lame, upward pointing triangles of three on the lower lame. The subsidiary edges are bordered by single incised lines. The lower inside corners are square, the outer rounded. The inner edge of the right tasset is cut away at the top to facilitate overlapping. Blued and lacquered.


Dimensions: breastplate, height 412 mm, width 351 mm, tassets, height inside 257 mm, height outside 274 mm, width 334 mm Weight: 4.100 kg

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with a crowned IR, and a recessed BK for the maker. Under the right arm is stamped PK 13 and under the left 86. On the inside of the waist flange is one chiselled line. Inside each tasset and the flange of the breatplate there are twelve circular construction marks. The PK 13 is a Dutch mark.


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