Object Title

Pikeman's left tasset

Pikeman's left tasset

Date

1620

Object Number

III.3195

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower, AS 58 (1989).

Physical Description

Made in one pierce and embossed to simulate six lames, The lower and side edges have plain, inward turns, with recessed borders containing twenty four round headed decorative rivets, all of which may be modern. The upper 'edges' of the embossed lames are bordered by single incised lines. The tasset is decorated with three columns of similar rivets, each terminating in a ring of twelve, with on more in the centre, at the base. Two hasps, not a pair, are fitted at either side of the centre of the upper edge. The outer one has been re-riveted, but fits the original pair of rivet holes well. Its lower section comprises a heart-shaped upper part, with a pair of upward-pointing dragon heads with punched eyes and well formed snouts and ears, at the centre. At the base is an oval lobe with a finial. There is a lozenge of four small, round-headed iron rivets at the top, the lower three decorative, and one, functional at the base. The inner lower hasp has straight, recessed, upper sides, with an onion shaped finial t the base. It is attached by the lower rivet, and the outer top rivet, which is fitted to the slot in the tasset with a washer, and has three more decorative rivets, all of the last type. Below the lower rivet are two additional rivet holes. The upper hasp-elements are very crude without branches. It is bright. If any of the rivets re modern, all are.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 309 mm (12.2 in), width 333 mm (13.2 in) Weight: 950 g (2 lb 1 ¢ oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped 9 (or 6) at the lower outside corner.

Associations

Places Netherlands

Notes

Compare the very similar III.3196, which is numbered 12.