Object Title

Breastplate and tassets

Breastplate and tassets

Date

1630

Object Number

II.278

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 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 and top, being attached to the flange by a large domed rivet on the upper hasp, each fitted internally with a circular washer, and to the tasset by two smaller rivets vertically aligned on the lower hasp, each fitted with a square washer. The tassets are each of one piece, the main edges of which have inward turns accompanied by a recessed border. The upper right corner of the right tasset is cut obliquely for the passage of the left tasset. Each tasset is embossed to simulate 6 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.
It is bright externally, though acid cleaned, and rough from the hammer internally. Each shoulder is pierced by a later suspension hole. The left outside hing eis damaged and there is a crack at centre right of the flange.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max. height: 61 cm (24 in) approx., Max. width: 46.8 cm (18.4 in) approx.

Component parts

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at centre of neck: B next to IR. stamped to right of neck: C (?) I C (?)Internally the left shoulder has 3 construction marks.

Associations

Places England