Object Title

Right tasset

Right tasset



Object Number



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

Physical Description

It is broad, with a slight medial ridge, formed of eight upward overlapping lames, widening towards the lower end and cut away slightly at the crotch. The first lame has a slight step at its inner end. The lower edge has a plain, inward turn accompanied by a recessed border, while the sides have low, plain, partial turns, as originally did the upper edge. The upper edge of each lame, except the first, is decorated with a single incised line (now preserved only as traces) and with V-shaped nicks to either side of the inner and outer connecting rivets. The lames are joined to one another by a single column of concealed, externally flush rivets retaining an internal connecting leather at the centre and the inside. The rivets securing these internal washers. The second to lowest lames were at one time rigidly riveted to one another between the central and inner leathers. These later rivets were subsequently removed. The construction holes associated with the inner column of connecting rivets are occupied by dummy rivets of brass-capped, round headed type. Five brass-capped, round headed lining rivets with square, internal washers are found in the border of the lowest lame, and one at either end of each lame. The first lame is pierced with three holes for attaching its missing buckles. The central one is now occupied by a brass-capped, round-headed rivet, while the inner and outer ones have been opened out into large, keyhole slots. All rivets are replaced. Bright.


Dimensions: Height 197 mm (7.8 in), width 200 mm (7.9 in.) Weight: 550 g (1 lb 3 ? oz)

Inscriptions and Marks




This tasset appears to have at one time been mounted as a pair with III.3139.