Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Bowyer Tower AS 2, 1984.

Physical Description

The breastplate has a medial keel terminating in a point, the waist dipping down at the centre, and a broad flange narrowing at the centre. The neck, arm and flange side edges are inwardly turned, the neck and flange side edged 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 the bottom and rounded at the top.

The tassets are each of one piece, embossed to simulate six lames. 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, and downward pointed triangles in the middle of the lower lames. The inner edge of the right tasset is cut away at the top to facilitate over-lapping. Bright.


Dimensions: Breastplate., Height: 410 mm (16.2 in), Width: 349 mm (13.8 in), Tassets., Height inside: 213 mm (8.4 in), Height outside: 258 mm (10.2 in), Width: 325 mm (12.8 in) Weight: 3.43 kg ( 7 lb 9 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck is an unclear stamped crowned IR and a stamped L for the maker, probably Richard Loxon.


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