Object Title

Left tasset

Left tasset



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 57 (1989).

Physical Description

It is broad, with a slight medial ridge, formed of ten upward overlapping lames, widening towards the lower end. The lower edge has a file -roped inward turn, and the sides have roped partial turns, in each case accompanied by a recessed border; that at the lower edge is enclosed by a rib. The upper edge of the first lame is plain while that of each remaining lame is decorated with a V-shaped nick at the centre. The lames were originally articulated by loose rivets at the outer side and internal leathers at the centre and the inner side retained by externally flush rivets except for the last lame where round-headed rivet retained the strap end. The outer side is now solidly riveted with brass round headed rivets. At the centre are fragments of a replacement leather strap. The inner strap is entirely missing, and the lames are now directly joined to one another by brass round-headed rivets which pass through both the holes for the leathering rivets and the corresponding-holes that were formerly occupied by dummy rivets. Of eight lining-rivets in the border of the lowest lame only five brass round headed rivets remain, while all those at either side of the first, third, fifth, seventh and ninth lames are missing, except for a partial rivet at the inner third lame. The first lame is pierced near its upper edge with three holes for the attachment to the breastplate, above which are two crudely pierced holes probably for suspension. On the inner side close to the main edge are two small irregular holes of indeterminate function.


Dimensions: Height 272 mm (10.7 in), width 323 mm (12.6 in.) Weight: 720 g (1 lb 9 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Italy