Object Title

Breastplate and tassets

Breastplate and tassets

Date

1640

Object Number

II.285

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 which engages a pierced stud to the outside of it that originally held the shoulder straps from the backplate. At the centre of the neck opening there is a hole plugged by an externally flush rivet.
Each tasset is attached to the flange by two hinges, the hasps pointed at both ends, being attached to the flange by a large domed rivet on the upper hasp, that on the right outside hasp being of brass, and to the tasset by two smaller rivets vertically aligned on the lower hasp. The rivets on both inside lower hinges are fitted with square washers.
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 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. On the right tasset the outside column on the third simulated lame has a domed brass rivet.
It is externally patinated and internally rough from the hammer. Internally the breastplate is laminating up to the neck.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max. height: 61 cm (24 in), Max. width: 59.2 cm (21.3 in)

Component parts

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at centre right of neck: crowned IR. Internally inscribed at the right top edge of the flange with construction marks: IIIII

Associations

Places England