Object Title

Tasset

Tasset

Date

1580

Object Number

III.3174

Provenance

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

Physical Description

It is of medium width, with a slight medial ridge, formed of nine upward overlapping lames, widening towards the lower end and cut away slightly at the crotch. The lower edge has a roped inward turn and the side edges have plain partial turns, in each case accompanied by a recessed border. The upper edge of each lame is decorated with a single incise line and a V-shaped nick at its centre. The lames are joined to one another by a single column of brass-capped, round-headed sliding rivets with square internal washers (the top one missing) at the outside, and were formerly joined to one another by a single column of concealed, externally-flush rivets securing an internal leather at the centre and the inside. The lowest of the leathering in both cases, is of brass-capped, round-headed type although the inner one is now located just to the outside of its original position which has been plugged with later, externally flush rivet. Both connecting leathers are now missing, and to compensate for their loss, the lames have been rigidly fastened to one another by bras-capped, round-headed rivets, with internal washers, passing through the holes for the original, inner, leathering rivets, and the corresponding construction holes formerly occupied by dummy rivets. Of these replacements rivets, that connecting the eighth and ninth lame has not been replaced, and thus this lame has been secured to the lowest lame by a piece of wire passing through holes that have been pierced in the border of each. Seven externally flush lining rivets are found in the lower border of the lowest lame; one at either end of the first, seventh, ninth and lowest lame; one at the inner end of the third and fifth ones; and one at the outer end of the fourth lames. Those at the ends of the third and ninth lames are now missing; the latter now used as the wiring hole to connect it to the lowest lame. The first lame was formerly fitted with three double-ended iron buckles with plain hasps. The outer buckle is now missing. The central one has D-shaped loops and the inner one has rectangular loops. Two small holes are pierced between the control and the missing outer buckle, and one to either side of the inner buckle. A further hole is plugged just to the inside and below the central buckle. Painted black.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 304 mm (12 in), width 312 mm (12.2 in.) Weight: 1.04 kg (2 lb 4 ¢ oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Painted inside the second lame in white E.?, and inside the ninth lame E.4.

Associations

Places Italy