Object Title

Breastplate and tassets

Breastplate and tassets

Date

1630

Object Number

II.154

Provenance

Old Tower stock

Physical Description

Of short waisted form, with cut-out at the neck, narrow shoulders, a medial ridge and a deep flange at the waist. The edges of the neck and arm openings and of the waist flange have plain inward turns. The neck and arm openings are bordered by single incised line decoration. The sides of the waist flange have recessed borders. At either side of the chest is a plain swivel-hook, the left one fitted with an internal square washer, which engages a pierced stud to the outside of it that originally held the shoulder straps from the backplate.
Each tasset is attached to the flange by two hinges, the hasps pointed at the bottom, the outside two also pointed at the top, the inside two rounded at the top. All are attached to the flange by a large domed rivet on the upper hasp and to the tasset by two smaller rivets vertically alighned on the lower hasp. The left outside rivet and right inside rivet on the upper hasp each has a square internal rivet, while the right outside rivet has a later octagonal internal washer. Both inside lower hasps have internal square washers securing the lower rivet. The tassets are each of one piece, the main edges of which have inward turns accompanied by a recessed border. Each tasset is embossed to simulate 7 lames, the lowest being deeper than the rest. Each simulated lame is bordered by single incised line decoration. Each lame is bordered at the incised line by a decorative rivet at the centre and at each side, forming 3 columns which terminate at the sixth lame in a triangular pattern of 3 rivets. Either side of the collar is pierced by a later suspension hole, and two similar small holes are pierced at each side under the arm-opening. The outer side is bright, the inner rough from the hammer. There is a slight split at the left arm-opening, and the lower edge of the inward turn of the left tasset is slightly split.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max height: 61 cm (24 in) Max width across tassets: 53 cm (20.9 in) Weight: 4.36 kg (9 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The neck is stamped to the left of the medial keel with a combined AN and to the right with a crowned IR.

Associations

Places England