Object Title

Right tasset

Right tasset



Object Number



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

Physical Description

It is broad, with a medial ridge, formed of ten upward overlapping lames, widening towards the lower end, and cut away at the crotch. The lower edge has a roped inward turn and the sides have roped partial turns, in each case accompanied by a recessed border. The upper edge of each lame is decorated with an incised line and with a V-shaped nick. The lames are joined to one another by sliding rivets on the inside, and by single columns of concealed, externally flush rivets securing leathers at the centre and outside. The leathering rivets on the last lame are not concealed, and are therefore of round-headed form with internal washers. Round-headed dummy rivets fill construction holes associated with the outer leather rivets. A further round headed dummy rivets is found just to the outside of the final, central leathering rivet. It should be noted that although the lames are now directly riveted at the inside, and connected by a leather at the outside, the reverse was originally the case. The five lining rivets with internal washers are found in the border of the lowest lame and a single one in the border at either end of the lowest lame and a single one in the border at either end of the first, third, fifth, seventh and lowest lames. Attached to the first lames by a single, round headed rivet in each case, are three double ended iron buckles with plain hasps. The first lame has a large, riveted internal patch at its centre, while a smaller one is found at the outer end of the first lame is a later hole now filled with an externally flush rivet. All rivets and connecting leathers of the tasset appear to be replaced. Bright.


Dimensions: Height 285 mm (11.2 in), width 318 mm (12.5 in.) Weight: 760 g (1lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Italy