Object Title

Left tasset

Left tasset



Object Number



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

Physical Description

It is broad, with a medial ridge, formed of eleven upward overlapping lames, widening towards the lower end, and cut away at the crotch. The upper and lower edges have roped inward turns, with recessed borders at the side and lower edges enclosed by a roped ridge. The subsidiary edges are decorated by double incised lines and scalloped border. The lames are joined to one another by brass-capped sliding rivets sliding rivets with circular washers at the outside and by rivets with crudely shaped washers at the centre and the inside. A single column of rivets at the centre and at the inside. The single column of rivets at the centre have flat, circular heads and are hidden under the overlaps of the lames, except for the rivet at the bottom, which is brass-capped and visible from the side of the lame. A second dummy brass-capped rivet is placed alongside this rivet terminating the central column. The single column of rivets at the inside now pass through construction holes formerly occupied by dummy rivets, thereby securing the lames to one another rigidly. Five brass-headed lining rivets originally bordered the lower edge, from which one is now missing. One lining rivet originally bordered the inside and outside edges of the first, sixth, and eleventh lames, but only the inside rivet on the sixth lame now remains. A lining rivet is also present at the inside edge of the third lame. Piercing the lower edge of the upper lame are three rivet holes for attaching buckles, of which only that at the inside remains. This remaining buckle is of rectangular form and is attached with a leather loop. At either end of the upper lame's upper edge is a crudely pierced suspension hole. A crude patch has been added on the back of the fourth lame. Bright.


Dimensions: Height 235 mm (9 ? in), width 250 mm (9 7/8 in.) Weight: 840 g (1lb 13 ¢ oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The lower edge of the terminal lame is stamped with a 2.


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