Object Title

Right tasset and poleyn

Right tasset and poleyn

Date

1610-1620

Object Number

III.3247

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower, AS 60 (1989).

Physical Description

The tasset is formed of twelve upward overlapping lames, narrowing from the height of the crotch down to the knee where it terminates in a poleyn of three outward overlapping lames. The first lame of the tasset is deeper than the rest and angled inwards. It is boxed just over the crotch. Above the angle it is pierced centrally with a circular hole that would have fitted over a bolt on the waist flange of the breastplate. While at either end of the upper edge it is pierced with a rectangular slot that would have fitted over a stud on the flange of breastplate. The central and widest lame of the poleyn, which is medially ridged and shaped to the knee, has an almost circular side-wing with a slight medial point and pucker. The lowest lame of the poleyn, which is deeper than the rest, is shaped to the bottom of the knee, and has a rounded lower edge which is pierced at either side with a rectangular slot that presumably engaged a stud on an accompanying greave. The sides and lower edge of the tasset and poleyn have a plain inward turn, bordered by a single incised line. The subsidiary edges of the lames, where they overlap another lame, are decorated with a single incised line. The subsidiary edges of the lames, where they overlap another lame, are decorated with a single incised line. The tasset is divisible between its sixth and seventh lames. The lower edge of the sixth lame has a plain, inward turn accompanied by a narrow, recessed border. The upper edge of the seventh lame is pierced at either side with a keyhole slot, engaging respectively, a mushroom - shaped stud at the outside, and a turning pin at the inside of the sixth lame. The first six lames of the tasset were formerly connected to one another by three internal leathers attached in each case by two columns of concealed, externally flush rivets. The rivets on the sixth lame were not concealed and therefore of round-headed form with square internal washers. The outer leather is now missing, and to compensate for its loss, the lames have been rigidly fastened to one another by a round headed rivet passing through the inner of the pair of leathering rivet-holes and the corresponding construction holes. The leather is replaced. Construction holes corresponding to the inner of the two leathering rivet holes are occupied by round-headed dummy rivets. The inner leather is replaced but now only held by a single column of rivets occupying the outer of the two original leathering rivet holes. Construction holes corresponding to the latter are occupied by dummy rivets. The inner and outer ends of each lame were originally fitted with concealed, externally flush lining rivets, and a corresponding dummy rivet in the overlapping lame. The first lame, with a fragment of the leather lining band at each side, has a second lining rivet of round head type with a square internal leather washer set above the externally flush one at each side. The lower edge of the sixth lame is also furnished with about four additional lining rivets of various types. Their exact number is not certain due to the various repairs that have taken place there. A patched repair is riveted within the sixth lame in line with the outer leathering rivet-holes. The outer ends of the second and third lames were later rigidly riveted to one another close to the lining rivet, but the rivet has subsequently broken out. The inner end of the fifth and sixth lames were also later riveted rigidly to one another through the lining rivet-hole and the corresponding construction hole but were subsequently separated. The lining-rivet is missing from the inner end of the second lame, while the inner end of the third lame, while the inner end of the third lame is broken away and pierced with two holes, possibly for a former patch-repair. To the outside and inside respectively of the central dummy rivet on the fourth and fifth lames are externally flush rivets which plug hole which were at one time used to rigidly rivet the lames together. The seventh to twelfth lames are connected to one another at the outside by a single column of round-headed sliding rivets with square internals washers, and are connected to one another at the inside and the centre by modern internal leathers attached in each case by two columns of concealed, externally flush rivets. The rivets on the twelfth are not concealed but of round-headed type with square internal washers. Construction-holes corresponding tot eh outer connecting-rivets of the inner leather are occupied by dummy, round headed rivets. A single column of similar rivets decorates the centre of each lame. The inner and outer ends of the lames were originally fitted in the concealed, externally flush lining rivets, and a corresponding dummy rivets in the overlapping lame, although the lining rivets are now missing from each end of the eleventh lame. The lames of the poleyn are directly connected to one another and to one another and to the lowest lame of the tasset at each side by round headed rivets with square, internal washers. Attached by a single round-headed rivet with a square internal washer within the wing of the poleyn is a modern strap which engages a corresponding modern strap with double-ended iron buckle similarly attached at the opposite end of the poleyn. The lower edge of the poleyn has four decorative round headed rivets. Bright.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max height 745 mm (29.3 in.), 305 mm (12.5 in.) Weight: 2.7 kg (5 lb 15 ? oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Each lame is marked internally with a group of six wedge-shaped dots, except for the sixth which probably has one hidden by the patch repair.

Associations

Notes

This tasset forms a pair to III.3247