Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Bowyer Tower AS 1, 1984.

Physical Description

The breastplate has a medial keel terminating in a point, the waist dipping down at the centre, and a broad flange. The neck, arm and flange side edges are inwardly turned, the neck and flange side edged bordered by a single incised line. At either side of the chest is a plain swivel-hook inside a pierced stud for fastening the shoulder straps. The tassets are attached to the flange by two hinges, the hasps pointed at the bottom and rounded at the top.

The tassets are of one piece, embossed to simulate six lames, the lower one broad. The main edges are inwardly turned and accompanied by sunken borders. They are decorated with three vertical lines of rivets, with one at the top of each simulated lame, lozenges of four rivets on the lower lame. Painted black.


Dimensions: Breastplate., Height: 420 mm (16.6 in), Width: 355 mm (14.0 in), Tassets., Height inside: 238 mm (9.4 in), Height outside: 250 mm (9.9 in), Width: 320 mm (12.6 in) Weight: 4.08 kg (9 lb 0 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck of the breastplate is stamped a crowned A for the Armourers Company of London, and a combined CL for the maker. Inside the breastplate at the right are eight punched triangles.


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