Object Title

Right tasset

Right tasset

Date

1610-1620

Object Number

III.2063

Provenance

Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House. ap 79

Physical Description

It comprises eleven lames overlapping upwards, with an associated poleyn of five lames overlapping away from the main plate.


The upper lame has a transverse angle to fit the flange of a breastplate, and has two rivet holes in its upper edge. It is a restoration. The nine lames below the upper one are shallow and even but the lowest is deep. They are articulated by rivets at the outside, and by modern internal leathers at the centre and inside.


The main plate of the poleyn has a medial keel, which is continued on the lames above and below, and a laternal, finely file-roped ridge on the outside. There is an angular, lozenge-shaped wing on the outside. Above this there are two articulating lames, and below it one, articulated by a rivet at either side. At the bottom is a deep, rounded lame.


All the main edges have inward turns with sunken borders, except for the articulating lames of the poleyn, which have plain edges. Those of the main and lower plates of the poleyn have fine, file roping. All the subsidiary edges are scalloped, with a circle in each scallop, and bordered by double incised lines.


The articulating lames of the poleyn are associated with the main and lower plate, and were probably tasset lames originally.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 64.0 cm ( 25.3 in ), width 28.0 cm ( 11.1 in ) Weight: 1360 g (3 lb)

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Bibliographic References

Possibly one of the tassets illustrated by C. Hussey, 'Littlecote, Wiltshire II', Country Life, 2 December 1965, fig.8, p.1467. in the centre of the W. wall with a subsequently dispersed cuirassier.

Notes

Compare with III.2064