Object Title

Breastplate and tassets

Breastplate and tassets



Object Number

III.2086 A-C


Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 7 (1986).

Physical Description

The breastplate has a high, level neck and a medial keel extending over the waist lame. Each arm opening is deep, and fitted with a gusset articulated by a rivet at the bottom and a sliding rivet at the top. At either shoulder of the breastplate is a replacement buckle. At the right of the chest is a lance rest attached by two screws through two of a group of ten holes; the lance rest comprises a D-shaped plate with two rectangular brackets to which is pivoted a gracefully curved rest of rectangular section. The waist lame is overlapped by the breastplate to which it is articulated by a sliding rivet in a slight cusp at either side and formally by a central internal leather. It has a narrow waist flange, to which is riveted the upper of the two fauld lames, the lower of these has a slight arch at the centre. These lames were articulated by sliding rivets. The external surfaces are bright, the internal painted black. There are modern internal riveted repairs at either side of the upper fauld lame, two at the left and one at the right of the lower lame of the right tasset and another on the lame above it.


Dimensions: Breastplate height 548 mm (21.5 in.), width 377 mm (14.8 in.); right tasset height 220 mm (8.6 in.), width 274 mm, left tasset height 226 mm, width 265 mm (10.4 in.) Weight: Breastplate 9 lb 1 oz, left tasset 11 lb 7oz, right tasset 11lb 6 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

Painted in white inside the breastplate is the number 38/5


Places Flanders