Object Title

Pikeman's left tasset

Pikeman's left tasset

Date

1630

Object Number

III.3210

Provenance

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

Physical Description

It is broad and deep of trapezoidal form with six embossed simulated lames each of which is decorate with a double incised line. The sides and lower edge have a plain inward turn accompanied by a recessed border in which were originally nineteen brass-capped lining rivets with round internal washers for which two on the outer side are missing. There are three original brass-capped decorative rivets across each of the simulated lames forming three columns which terminate in a triangular arrangement. At either side of the central column a hinged hasp is attached by a pair of rivets in the first lame and a single rivet in the second. Each has a long lower part with a cusped rectangular central section with two decorative rivets, which expands into an ogee shaped finial. The upper section is an inverted L shape cut with a rectangular slot for the passage of the staple on the breastplate which was secured by a swivel hook riveted to the branch of the L. It is painted black overall. There is a rectangular patch on the inside of the outer main edge, retained by four flush rivets.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 325 mm (12.8 in.), width 383 mm (15.1 in.) Weight: 1.18 kg (2 lb 9 ¢ oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

There are two rows of nine punched dots each preceded by a single one in the sunken border close to the lower left main edge.

Associations

Places England

Notes

Although not a pair, this tasset is similar in construction to III.3209