Object Title

Right tasset

Right tasset

Date

about 1570-80

Object Number

III.3157

Provenance

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

Physical Description

It is broad, with a slight medial ridge, formed of seven upward overlapping lames, of which at least one is missing from its upper edge. It widens towards the lower end and is cut away slightly at the crotch. The lower edges have roped, partial turns, in each case accompanied by a recessed border. The border at the lower edge is enclosed by a roped rib which opens out into a pair of adorsed volutes at its centre. The upper edge of each lame is decorated with a single incised line, and with a V-shaped nick at its centre and to either side of the outer connecting rivets. The lames were formerly joined to one another by a single column of brass-capped, round headed sliding rivets at the outside, and by a single column of concealed, externally flush rivets retaining an internal leather at the centre and the inside. The final leathering rivet is in each case o brass capped, round headed form. Both leathers are now missing and their loss has been compensated for by rigidly riveting the lames together through the holes for the inner leathering rivets and the corresponding construction holes formerly occupied by dummy rivets, except in the case of the connection of the sixth and lowest lames where the rivet occupies a later hole pierced just to the outside of the original hole. At the outside the sliding-rivets are missing and their loss has been compensated for by rigidly riveting the lames together through holes pierced just to the outside of the original holes, except in the case of the connection of the first and second lame where the original hole has been used. The vacant holes at the top of the first lame are both broken out. Five brass-capped, round-headed lining rivets with circular, internal washers are found in the lower border of the lowest lame, while a single, externally flush lining rivet I found in the border at either end of the second, fourth and lowest lames. The present first lame was originally surmounted by one or two further lames. Russet.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 293 mm (11.5 in), width 207 mm (8.1 in.) Weight: 450 g (15 ¢ oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Painted inside the sixth lame, in white G ?, probably GH or G.11.

Associations

Places Italy