Object Title

Right tasset

Right tasset

Date

1560

Object Number

III.3136

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 55 (1989).

Physical Description

It is narrow, with a slight medial ridge, formed of five upward overlapping lames, widening towards the lower end, and cut away at the crotch. The upper lame has a small step at its inner edge. The upper lame has a small step at its inner edge. The upper and lower edges have roped inward turns and the side edges have plain partial turns, with recessed borders at the lower edges. The subsidiary edges are decorated by single incised lines. Each lame has a V-shaped nick at its centre. The lames are joined to one another by round-headed sliding rivets with circular internal washers. The single column of rivets of the central leather are flush, and are hidden under the overlaps of the lames. 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. A column of rivets has been crudely added between the central and inside columns to secure the lames even more firmly. Five externally flush lining rivets originally bordered the lower edge, and one externally flush lining rivet borders the inside edges of the first, third and fifth lames, excepting the outer edge of the first lame, from which the rivet is now missing. Most of these lining rivets retain fragments of the leather lining. Piercing the lower edge of the uppermost lame are three rivet holes for attaching the missing buckles. At either end of the upper lame's upper edge is a crudely pierced suspension hole. Painted black.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 203 mm (8.0 in), width 220 mm (8 5/8 in.) Weight: 520 g (1 lb 1 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

F 24 is painted on the back of the upper lame.

Associations

Notes

Formerly painted black removed by conservation January 1992.