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 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 flange side edges accompanied 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 seven lames, the lower one broard. The main edges are inwardly turned and accompanied by a narrow 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. The subsidiary are bordered by single incised lines. The inner edge of the right tasset is cut away at the top_to facilitate overlapping. The outer lower corners are rounded, the inner squared. Painted black with gold painted hinges.


Dimensions: Breastplate., Height: 405 mm (16.0 in), Width: 351 mm (13.9 in), Tassets., Height inside: 211 mm (8.3 in), Height outside: 242 mm (9.5 in), Width: 340 mm (13.4 in) Weight: 4.48 kg ( 9 lb 14 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with a crowned IR. Inside at the right of the flange are four stamped triangular marks, and at the left five.


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