Object Title

Pikeman's pot, breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's pot, breastplate and tassets



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Tower arsenal. On loan to Leeds Castle.

Physical Description

The pot is made in two pieces joined in a low comb and with a broad brim. The main edge has a plain inward turn bordered by an embossed rib separating two rows of round-headed rivets, the outer row alternately decorative and lining rivets with square washers, the inner row decorative. Six of the latter are modern restorations. Round the base of the skull is a broad recessed band with a triangular extension at the centre, and an embossed rib separating two rows of round headed rivets, all decorative except for two at either side for the cheekpieces. Towards the front of the comb is a hole for a plume. It is black from the hammer, with a large broken hole at the rear of the brim, a damaged hole at the front and various dents at the left. The breastplate has a low neck, a medial ridge and a point at the waist which has a wide flange. The main edges have plain inward turns bordered by single incised lines, but with recessed borders on the flange centre and sides and tassets. At either side of the chest is a swivel hook and pierced stud for the shoulder straps. Joining the tassets to the flange are four hinged hasps permanently attached, pointed at top and bottom. The tassets are of one piece construction, embossed to simulate eight lames, and decorated with three rows of rivets ending in triangles at the bottoms of the outside rows, and rosettes on the inner. The surface is black from the hammer. There is a riveted repair on the flange.


Dimensions: pot height 200 mm, width 272 mm, depth 390 mm; breastplate and tassets height 680 mm, width 570 mm, breastplate width 380 mm Weight: pot 1080 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Pot stamped W, 8, IW and crowned IR. Breastplate stamped with crowned IR.


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