Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets

Pikeman's breastplate and tassets



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Accessioned on loan 154 to the Royal Miltary Academy, Sandhurst, displayed in the Grand Entrance, Old College.

Physical Description

The breastplate has a medial keel terminating in a point at the waist, which tips down slightly at the centre, and has a broad flange. The neck and arm edges are inwardly turned accompanied by sunken borders. At either side of the chest is a swivel -hook inside a pierced stud for fastening the shoulder straps. Each tasset is permanently attached by two hinges, the hasps of which are pointed at the top and bottom. The tassets are each of one piece and embossed to simulate six lames, the lower one broad. The main edges are inwardly turned over wire, with sunken borders. The subsidiary edges of the embossed lames are bordered by single incised lines. Each tasset is decorated with three vertical lines of brass-headed rivets, with upward pointing triangles of three at the lower edge of each lame. There is a slight cutaway at the upper inside corner of the right tasset. The lower corners are sharply pointed. The right swivel hook is missing. The breastplate is pierced at either armpit, and at the middle of either arm for suspension. The left flange terminal is buckled. The upper part of the outer hinge of both tassets are modern replacements. The inner lower corner of the right tasset is broken, as is each armpit.


Dimensions: Breastplate height 355 mm (14 in.), width 345 mm (13.6 in.). tasset outside height: 260 mm (10.2 in.), inside height 240 mm (9.4 in.), width 309 mm (12.2 in.) Weight: 5 lb 4 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck is stamped crowned IR. Inside the left tasset is painted 79-431


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