Object Title

Pikeman's left tasset

Pikeman's left tasset



Object Number



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

Physical Description

It is made in one piece, and embossed to simulate seven lames, the lowest one deep. The main edge has a plain inward turn with a recessed border containing thirteen rivet holes. The edges of the embossed lames are bordered by single incised lines. The tasset was decorated with three columns of round-headed iron decorative rivets, each terminating in an upward-pointing triangle of three at the base; two in the middle and one at the top of the central column have washers, and are lining rivets, as does one at the centre of each outer column. The upper three rivets of the outer column were removed when the new hasps were fitted. Th e original hasps were attached by horizontal pairs of rivets, closer to the centre than the present hasps. The associated hinged hasps are English. Each has a long lower section, with a triple-lobed part and terminal knop at the base. Three rivets at the centre line are used for attachment, and four more are decorative. The upper sections are L-shaped, cut with a rectangular slot at the top, and fitted with a small, plain swivel edge is cut in a low scallop with a point at either side and the branch, to engaged pierced studs for the breastplate. The upper edge is cut in a low scallop with a point at either side, and the branch onion shaped. The exterior is brightish, and horizontally file hatched. There is a laminated crack at the top left, and a small crack at the lower centre.


Dimensions: Height 225 mm (8.9 in), width 325 mm (12.9 in) Weight: 610 g (1 lb 5 ¢ oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the top left VD, presumably for the maker.


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