Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets


about 1640

Object Number



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 arm edges are bordered by a single incised line. The flange side edges with sunken borders. 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 top and bottom.

The tassets are each of one piece, embossed to simulate six lames, the lower one wider than the others. The main edges are inwardly turned and accompanied by sunken border. 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: 423 mm (16.7 in), Width: 370 mm (14.6 in), Tassets., Height inside: 250 mm (9.9 in), Height outside: 270 mm (10.7 in), Width: 345 mm (13.6 in) Weight: 4.17 kg (9 lb 3 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck of the breastplate is stamped an unclear crowned A for the Armourers company. There is a circular punched mark at the top of the keel. Inside in white paint is the letter P.


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