Object Title

Breastplate and tassets

Breastplate and tassets



Object Number

II.158 c


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 rounded at the top, being 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 and right inside upper hasp rivets are secured by internal square washers. The right outside upper hasp also has an earlier hole with flush rivet. All top rivets on the lower hasps are fitted with internal square washers.
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 5 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 fifth lame in a triangular pattern of 3 rivets.
It is externally bright and internally painted black.


Dimensions: Max height: 57.9 cm (22.8 in) approx., Max width: 57 cm (22.45 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

Centre at neck stamped: IR. Internally on right of upper flange edge are 5 construction marks, and at the right shoulder: ++IIII


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