Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets



Object Number



Bowyer Tower AS 5 (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 are two rivet holes for swivel hooks and pierced stud for fastening the shoulder straps. The flange is peppered with rivet holes from previous tasset hinges.

The tassets are composed of nine lames, and bolted onto the flange. They are not a pair. The main edges are inwardly turned and have file roped edges. The main edges have sunken borders. The tasssets are articulated by rivets at either side. The subsidiary are bordered by single incised lines. Bright. Found with small patches of concentric corrosion, 14 January 2003, reidentified as spidery corrosion December 2003. Not concentric corrosion.


Dimensions: Breastplate., Height: 43.7 cm ( 17.2 in), Width: 34.2 cm ( 13.5 in), Tassets., Height: 23.2 cm ( 9.2 in), Width: 30.5 cm ( 12.0 in) Weight: 3.35 kg ( 7 lb 6 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with a crowned IR, and 6.


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