Object Title

Pikeman's right tasset

Pikeman's right tasset

Date

1630

Object Number

III.3213

Provenance

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 heavily cropped. The side and lower edge have a plain, inward turn accompanied by a recessed border containing twenty-three decorative round-headed brass rivets. The tasset is decorated with three columns of round headed brass rivets; each column formed of a single rivet at the upper edge of each simulated lame, except the last, which has three rivets in a triangular formation. To either side of the central column a hinged hasp is attached by a pair of round headed, brass rivets, with square, internal washers, on the first simulated lame and a single rivet of the same type on the second. A further pair of purely decorative round-headed brass rivets occurs half way down the lower end of the hasp which has an obtusely terminal and is decorated at either side, near terminal, with a pair of V-shaped nicks. The upper end of the hasp is of inverted, L-shaped form, with a swivel-hook riveted at the terminal of its outward-directed branch, which engaged a pierced stud on the breastplate protruded through an adjacent rectangular slot. Painted black.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 322 mm (12.6 in.), width 413 mm (16.2 in.) Weight: 1.25 kg (2 lb 11 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places England