Object Title

Breastplate and tassets

Breastplate and tassets


About 1650

Object Number



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 sides of the waist flange have plain inward turns. The neck and arm openings are bordered by single incised line decoration. A single incised inverted V meets the line at the centre of the neck. The sides of the waist flange have recessed borders. At either side of the chest is a plain swivel-hook, 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 crude flattened rivet on the upper hasp, and to the tasset by two smaller rivets vertically aligned on the lower hasp, the upper rivets fitted with octagonal 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 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.
Patinated externally and rough from the hammer internally. A hole has been pierced through the lower corners of each tasset. The neck and each shoulder is pierced by a later suspension hole.


Dimensions: Max. height: 60 cm (23.6 in), Max. width: 53.6 cm (21.1 in)

Component parts

Inscriptions and Marks

Centre of neck stamped crowned IR. Both tassets inscribed internally on lower edge, and breastplate internally on upper edge of flange: IIXX.


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