Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Date

1640

Object Number

III.1817

Provenance

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. The neck, arm and flange side edges are inwardly turned, the neck and arm edges 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 five 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, upward pointing triangles of three on the lower lame. The subsidiary are bordered by single incised lines. The inner edge of the right tasset is cut away at the top to facilitate overlapping. Bright and patinated.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Breastplate., Height: 414 mm (16.3 in), Width: 370 mm (14.6 in), Tassets., Height inside: 210 mm (8.3 in), Height outside: 240 mm (9.5 in), Width: 350 mm (13.8 in) Weight: 4.09 kg ( 9 lb 0 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck is a stamped crowned IR, and W for the maker, probably Richard Wright.

Associations

Places England