Object Title

Pikeman's pot, breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's pot, breastplate and tassets



Object Number



Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

The pot is of embossed type, made in two pieces joined in a low comb and with a broad brim. The main edge has a plain inward turn with a recessed border containing 26 round-headed rivets, alternately decorative and lining rivets with square washers, nine of which are modern. At the base of the skull are two rows of round-headed rivets separated by and embossed rib, two with square washers at either side for the cheekpiece leathers, the rest decorative, and 27 of them modern. It is bright, with a suspension hole at the rear. 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 angled down to the point to form 4 triangular panels, but with recessed borders containing decorative rivets at the flange sides and on the tassets. At either side of the chest is rivet hole for the missing swivel hooks and pierced stud for the shoulder straps. Joining the tassets to the flange are four hinged hasps permanently attached, round at the top and pointed at the bottom. The tassets are of one-piece construction, embossed to simulate eight lames, and decorated with three rows of brass capped iron rivets ending in cross crosslets at the bottom. The surface is bright, and there are suspension holes at the neck and at either shoulder.


Dimensions: pot height 230 mm, width 286 mm, depth 410 mm; breastplate and tassets height 675 mm, width 580 mm, breastplate width 375 mm Weight: pot 1265 g, breastplate 3580 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Pot stamped crowned IR. Breastplate stamped W and crowned IR.


Places England


This is a double number as II.335 is also on Loan 12.