Object Title

Right harquebusier's tasset

Right harquebusier's tasset



Object Number

III.1961 b


From the Armoury at Littlecote House. Purchased 15/11/1985.

Physical Description

Made of eight lames overlapping upwards. The upper lame is deep, with a transverse angle to fit over the flange of a breast plate. The lames are articulated by restored internal leathers at the inside and centre, and rivets at the outside. The poleyn is of six lames, the upper lame being deep and intended to be detachable. The lames overlap the main plate. The main plate has a pronounced medial ridge with sunken borderes and a latteral ridge on the outside, similarly bordered; each ridge is file roped. On the outside is an angular, heart shaped wing with a sunken border, and a central rivet for a strap round the knee. The main edges are inwardly turned with traces of file roping, and bordered by double incised lines. The subsidiary edges are bordered by double incised lines.

Both tasset and poleyn are corroded and damaged. The upper lame of the tasset is a restoration. The upper lame is riveted to the flange of the breastplate.


Dimensions: height 69.0 cm ( 27.2 in ), Weight: 6.4 kg ( 14 lb ) (for breastplate, tassets and poleyns)

Inscriptions and Marks


Bibliographic References

Sotheby's The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 22.Hussey, C., Littlecote, Wiltshire-II, Country life, 2 December 1965, pp.1466-71, fig.3,5


Conserved in 1968