Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Bowyer Tower AS 4, 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 arm and neck edges are inwardly turned, and bordered by a single incised line. The flange side edges are inwardly turned and accompanied by a sunken border. At either side of the chest is a plain swivel-hook (the right broken off at the base) 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 lower one deeper than those above. 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: 41.6 cm ( 16.4 in), Width: 34.5 cm ( 13.6 in), Tassets., Height inside: 22.4 cm ( 8.8 in), Height outside: 24.1 cm ( 9.5 in), Width: 33.8 cm ( 13.3 in) Weight: 3.65 kg ( 8 lb 1 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with an obscure crowned IR, and probably a W for the maker.


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