Object Title

Pikeman's left tasset

Pikeman's left tasset



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower, AS 59 (1989).

Physical Description

It is quite large and deep, made in one piece and embossed to simulate six lames. The side and lower edge of the tasset have plain, inward turns accompanied by a recessed border containing twenty-four round-headed iron rivets, of which one at the centre of the outer edge, those at either side and inside the centre of the lower edge, and those at the centre and top of the inside edge, have squarish internal washers and are lining rivets, the remainder being decorative. The upper edges of the embossed lames are bordered by single incised lines. The tasset is decorated with three columns of headed iron decorative rivets. Each column has a rivet at the top of each embossed lame (the top two in the inner and top one in the outer column missing) and a large circular rosette, formed of a cross of five surrounded by a ring fourteen rivets. At either side of the centre is a hinged hasp for attachment to the breastplate. The lower elements of each hasp is straight sided at the top, with a pair of incised lines beside the hinge, narrowing to the base where there is a pair of adorsed dragons' heads with snouts, ears and punched eyes, and an onion shaped finial at the base. Each lower section is attached by a vertical pair of rivets, the upper one in a slot, with a decorative pair towards the top. Each upper section is of inverted L-shaped form, with a swivel hook riveted at the acorn shaped terminal of the outward-directed branch, which engaged a pierced stud on the breastplate protruding through an adjacent rectangular slot. The upper edge is cut in a low scallop within cusps. The exterior is black and deeply patinated.


Dimensions: Max height 303 mm (12.0 in.), width 307 mm (12.1 in.) Weight: 1.06 kg (2 lb 5 ? oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible


Places Netherlands


Pair to III.3234