Object Title

Left tasset

Left tasset



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower, A.S. 54 (1989).

Physical Description

It is of medium width, with a slight medial ridge, formed of seven upward overlapping lames, widening towards the lower end, and cut away slightly at the crotch. The first lame has a small step at its inner edge. The lower edge has a roped inward turn accompanied by a recessed border, and the sides have file-roped partial turns. The upper edge of each lame is decorated with a single incised line. The lames are joined to one another by a single column of brass capped, round-headed sliding rivets with square, internal washers at the outside, and by a single column of externally flush rivets at the inner edge, which are a later, incorrect modification. The lames were originally connected to one another by internal leathers at the centre, secured by secured by externally flush rivets hidden under the overlaps of the lames. All flush rivets survive, as do the brass-capped, round-headed dummy rivets which occupy the construction holes corresponding to the inner column of connecting rivets. Six externally flush lining rivets were originally found in the border of the lowest lame. The second from the inside, and the outermost are now missing, while the three between them have been replaced by brass-capped, round-headed rivets with brass, rosette washers, as have the two leathering rivets with brass, rosette washers, as have the two leathering rivets on that lame. A single, externally flush lining rivet is also found at either end of the first, third, fifth and seventh (i.e./ last) lames. Just to the outside of the lowest, central leathering rivet is a presently functionless round headed rivet with a square, internal, washer. An externally flush rivet joins the second and third lames together to compensate for the loss of the sliding rivet which originally joined them. The first lame is pierced with three holes, of which the inner and central ones are fitted with externally flush rivets, for attaching buckles, although the present first lame must originally have extended upwards by a further lame. The upper edge of the first lame has also been crudely pierced towards its outer end with a further small hole. Painted black.


Dimensions: Height 225 mm (8.8 in), width 232 mm (9.1 in.) Weight: 680 g (1 lb 7 oz)

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