Object Title

Left tasset

Left tasset



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 8 (1986).

Physical Description

From a corslet, composed six lames overlapping upwards. The lower lame is deep, the upper one widening to the outside and extending slightly to the centre. The lower lame is deep , the upper one widening to the outside and extending slightly to the centre . The lower main edge is inwardly turned with file roping, and has a sunken border containing six enlarged for lining rivets, of which one is filled. The upper main edge has a narrow, file -roped inward turn, and the side and subsidiary edges are bordered by single incised lines. The lames were articulated by dome headed rivets with internal washers on the outside, and internal leathers at the centre and inside, traces of which survive. Subsequently, the lames were attached together by an irregular line of rivets with flat external heads at the inside and outside. Some of the original externally flush lining rivets survive. At the outside of the upper edge, the hasp of a hinge for articulation to a breastplate survives, and there are rivet holes at the centre and inside for similar fittings. The tasset has been severely mauled, and has a bright external surface, with black paint inside.


Dimensions: Height 241 mm (9.5 in.), width 257 mm (10.1 in.) Weight: 11 lb 7 oz

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Italy


Associated with the breastplate III.1907