Object Title

Right tasset

Right tasset

Date

1580

Object Number

III.3161

Provenance

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 upper and lower edges have roped inward turns and the side edges have plain partial turns, with recessed borders at the side and the lower edges. The subsidiary edges are decorated by a single incised line. Each lame has a V-shaped nick at its centre. The lames are joined to one another by brass-capped rivets with circular internal washers at the outside and inside edges, and by an internal leather at the centre. The single column of rivets of the central leather have flat, circular heads and are hidden and are hidden under the overlaps of the lames, excepting the lowest, which is brass-capped and pierces through to the outside of the eighth lame. Another brass capped rivet has been added to the left of this bottom rivet to rigidly secure the bottom of the leather to the lame. The single column of rivets at the inside and outside edges now pass through construction holes formerly occupied by dummy rivets, thereby securing the lames to one another rigidly. Seven round headed, brass capped lining rivets border the lower edge. One brass-capped lining rivet borders the outside edges of the first, fourth, sixth and eight lames, and the inside edges of the second, fifth and eighth lames. Attached to the lower edge of the uppermost lame are three rectangular brass buckles with brass hasps composed of two lobes and a scalloped terminal piece. The upper lame's upper edge is cracked between the outside and central buckles. Bright, with small patches of rust.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 230 mm (9 1/16 in), width 328 mm (12 7/8 in.) Weight: 640 g (1 lb 6 ? oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places Italy

Notes

This tasset appears to have at one time been mounted as a pair with III.3166