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 neck and arm edges bordered by a single incised line. The flange side edge accompanied by sunken borders. At either side of the chest is a small 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 narrow 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. Painted black.


Dimensions: Breastplate., Height: 438 mm (17.2 in), Width: 352 mm (13.9 in), Tassets., Height inside: 183 mm (7.2 in), Height outside: 199 mm (7.8 in), Width: 309 mm (12.2 in) Weight: 2.92 kg ( 6 lb 7 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck is an unclear crowned IR.


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