Object Title

Left tasset

Left tasset

Date

1590

Object Number

III.3176

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 56 (1989).

Physical Description

It is wide and short, formed of a single plate embossed to simulate ten lames which widens towards the lower end and is cut away slightly at the crotch. The lower edge is bordered by a roped inward turn and the side edges are bordered by plain partial turns, in each case accompanied by a recessed border enclosed by a roped ridge. Each simulated lame is decorated with a roped ridge along its top edge and by round-capped rivets placed at its inside and outside edges. Five round-headed, brass-capped lining rivets border the lower edge, four round-headed, brass-capped lining rivets border the outside edge, and four round-headed brass-capped rivets border the inside edge. All of these lining rivets have circular internal washers, excepting the fourth rivets at the outside edge, the third lining rivet at the inside edge, and the second and fifth rivets at the lower edge. Two decorative round-headed, brass-capped lining rivets are placed side-by-side above the central lining rivet at the lower edge. Attached to the lower edge of the uppermost simulated lame are three double-ended, D-shaped buckles with rectangular hasps terminating in a semi-circular edge. The pieces forming the two ends of the buckle at the inside edge are thicker and more rectangular in shape than those which form the buckles at the centre and at the outside. An externally flush lining rivet of indeterminate function pierces the upper edge of the uppermost lame. An extra externally flush rivet has also been placed above the lining rivet at the edge. Painted black.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 178 mm (7 in), width 280 mm (11 in.) Weight: 440 g (15 ¢ oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places Italy

Notes

Forms a pair with III.3175