Object Title

Left tasset

Left tasset



Object Number



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

Physical Description

It is broad, with a slight medial ridge, formed of six 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 edge has a roped inward turn that is enclosed by a rib which expands into adorsed volutes. The side edges have plain partial turns with recessed borders. Decorating the centre of each lame is a V shaped nick. The lames are articulated by single columns of rivets retaining fragments of internal leathers at the outside edge, at the centre and at the inner edge. The single column of rivets at the centre have flat, circular heads and are hidden under the overlaps of the lames. The single column of rivets at the outside and inside edges are brass-capped and now pass through construction holes formerly occupied by dummy rivets, thereby securing the lames to one another rigidly. An extra brass-capped rivet has been added to the right of the last rivet of the central column and to the right rivet of the inside column. Five brass-capped lining rivets with circular washers border the lower edge and retain fragments of the lining leather. One lining rivet originally pierced the outside edge of the lining leather. One lining rivet originally pierced the outside edge of the first, second, fourth, and fifth lames, from which those of the first and second lames are now missing. At the inside edge, as lining rivet has been placed on the second and sixth lames. One or more lames are missing from the upper edge. The first lame is partially detached from the fourth lames and has been repaired by means of a copper wire threaded through two crudely pierced holes. This copper wire has subsequently become detached itself, so the fifth lame is completely unjoined at the outside edge.


Dimensions: Height 222 mm (8 5/8 in), width 269 mm (10 9/16 in.) Weight: 610 g (1lb 5 ¢ oz)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Italy