Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets



Object Number



Bowyer Tower AS 2 (1984)

Physical Description

The breastplate has a medial keel terminating at the waist, the waist dipping down at the centre, and a broad flange. The neck and arm edges are inwardly turned, and 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 broard. 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. Painted black.


Dimensions: Breastplate., Height: 422 mm (16.8 in), Width: 349 mm (13.8 in), Tassets., Height inside: 223 mm (8.8 in), Height outside: 246 mm (9.7 in), Width: 352 mm (13.9 in) Weight: 4.4 kg ( 9 lb 11 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with a crowned IR, and inside painted in white P.


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