Object Title

Pikeman's right tasset

Pikeman's right tasset



Object Number



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

Physical Description

It is of large, trapezoidal form, made in one piece and embossed to simulate six lames. Its upper, inner corner is cropped. Each simulated lame is decorated towards its upper edge with a pair of incised lines. The side and lower edge of the tasset have plain, inward turns accompanied by a recessed border containing fifteen, decorative, round-headed iron rivets. The tasset is further decorated with three columns of round-headed iron rivets; each column formed of a single rivet at the upper edge of each lame, except the first which has none, and also the last which has five arranged in a cross-formation. There is also no rivet in the line of the outer column on the second lame. Inline with the outer column, and just to the inside of the central column a hinged hasp is attached by three round-headed iron rivets in an inverted triangular formation on the second. The lower end of the hasp has a scallop at each side of the rivets at the top, and expands towards its terminal which is divided into three lobes, the central one of which is itself divided into three slightly pointed lobes. The main lobes contain the three lower rivets. The upper end of the hasp is of inverted L-shaped form, with an elaborately shaped edge. Riveted at the terminal of its outward-directed branch is a swivel-hook engaged a pierced stud on the breastplate that protruded through an adjacent rectangular slot. Russet.


Dimensions: Max height 303 mm (11.9 in.), width 348 mm (13.7 in.) Weight: 800 g (1 lb 12 ? oz)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places England


The tasset forms a pair to III.3233