Object Title

Pikeman's left tasset

Pikeman's left tasset


about 1630

Object Number



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

Physical Description

The tasset has been made in one piece, and embossed to simulate seven lames, the lowest one slightly deeper than the rest. 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 is decorated with three columns of round-headed iron rivets, each terminating in an upward-pointing triangle of three rivets at the base. Internal washers have been fitted to a number of the rivets for the attachment of a lining. Each associated hasp has a long lower section terminating in a triple-lobed clove-leaf design, The upper sections are L-shaped with a rectangular slot designed to engage pierced studs on the breastplate. Each arm has been fitted with a small swivel hook.The upper edges of the hasps are cusped. The original suspension of the tassets by leathers is evident from the pairs of filled-in rivet holes beside the later associated hasps.The exterior is bright and has been horizontally filed. There is a small crack at the top left and another at the lower centre. The interior has been painted black.



TassetHeight225 mm
TassetWeight610 g
TassetWidth325 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck VD or WD over a number 3 or 5 at the top right.
Top right


Places Netherlands


This tasset was probably produced in the Netherlands and exported to England where it was fitted with English hasps. The mark at top right may be an arsenal mark. Alternatively as captains in the Dutch army of the period owned all the equipment issued to their men the mark may be the captian's initials along with the number of the soldier.