Object Title

Breastplate and tassets

Breastplate and tassets



Object Number



Accessioned on loan 154 to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, displayed with iv.868, in the grand Entrance, Old College.

Physical Description

The breastplate has a medial keel terminating in a blunt point at the waist, which is angled down to the centre at either side and has a broad flange with an embossed medial ridge with a sunken border at the left. The neck, arm, flange and flange side edges are inwardly turned, the latter with sunken borders. At either side of the chest, high up, is a very short swivel hook inside a pierced stud for fastening the shoulder straps. Each tasset is permanently attached to the flange by replacement short, round edged hinges. Each tasset is one piece, embossed to simulate seven narrow lanes. The main edges are inwardly turned, with sunken borders containing twelve lining rivets. The subsidiary edges of the embossed lames are bordered by single incised lines. Each tasset is decorated with three vertical lines of rivets, one at the top of the embossed lame, and upward pointing triangles of three on the lower lames. There is no cutaway. The lower corners are rounded. The breastplate has cracks at the left and centre of the waist. The left inner and upper hasp of the right outer hinge are modern restorations; there are four rivet holes from the previous hinges at each point. There is a large internal riveted repair at the upper outside edge of the left tasset. The inner edge of the left tasset is damaged.


Dimensions: Breastplate: height 455 mm (17.9 in.), width 370 mm (14.6 in.). tasset outside height: 220 mm (8.7 in.). tasset inside height: 202 mm (7.9 in.), width 313 mm (12.3 in.). Weight: 5 lb 15 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck is stamped crowned IR. Inside is painted 79-432


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