Object Title

Right tasset

Right tasset



Object Number



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

Physical Description

It is quite broad, 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 and upper edges have plain partial turns. The upper edge of each lame is decorated with a single incised line and a v-shaped nick at its centre. The lames are joined by a single column of round headed sliding rivets at the outside (fitted with a square internal washer on the seventh lame), and were formerly joined to one another by a single column of concealed, externally flush rivets retaining an internal connecting-rivet at the centre and the outside. The final leathering rivet is in each case of brass capped, round headed type, having a square, internal washer in the case of the central one. Both of the connecting leathers are now missing, and to compensate for their loss, the lames have been rigidly secured to one another at the inner edge with brass-capped, round-headed rivets occupying the holes for the original leathering rivets and passing through the corresponding construction holes which were formerly occupied by dummy rivets. The rivet connecting the lowest two lames together has a square, internal washer. The central lathering-rivets are missing from the third and fifth lame, and in the case of the hole for the latter this was at one time used to rigidly rivet the lame to the overlapping fourth lame which was then pierced to receive the rivet. Six externally flush lining rivets are found at the lower edge of the lowest lame and one at either end of the first, third, fifth, seventh and lowest lames (now missing at either end of the first lame (now missing at either end of the first lame, and the outer end of the lowest lame). The first lame was fitted with three double-ended, iron buckles with simple hasps attached by a brass-capped, round-headed rivet, although only the outer and inner ones now survive. Bright.


Dimensions: Height 259 mm (10.2 in), width 295 mm (11.1 in.) Weight: 720 g (1 lb 9 ? oz)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Italy