Object Title

Fauld and tassets - From Henry VIII's Foot Combat Armour

Fauld and tassets - From Henry VIII's Foot Combat Armour



Object Number

II.6 O


Transferred from Greenwich in 1649.

Physical Description

The couters have large wings encircling the bend of the arm which is Fauld of four lames to which are attached tassets of seven lames to the lowest and deepest of which single plates curving around the back of the leg are attached by hinges. Culet of five lames the lowest of which is deep and pointed, curves well around seat and is attached to the tassets by straps and buckles at the sides while the seat itself is protected by a separate articulated piece fitting beneath the culet and tassets. The large cod piece has articulated plates which fit beneath the tassets and protect the fork. The leg armour has cuishes completely encircling the thighs and joined to the tassets by flanges; poleyns with fluted fan-plates the bend of the knee being protected by articulated splints. The sabatons broaden out to a fluted toeplate some six inches wide and are flanged at the ankle to fasten over the bottom of the greaves, the edges of which have a row of holes for attaching padding to prevent them chafing at the bend of the ankle. Decoration. The armour is undecorated and is finished 'rough from the hammer' although many years of cleaning have left it with a relatively smooth surface. Both hammer and file marks are however still visible especially on the cuirass, gorget and tassets.


Dimensions: height as mounted 1875 mm, waist 960 mm, chest 1130 mm, shoulders 680 mm, neck 520 mm, wrist 250 mm, inside leg (to ground) 870 mm, calf 460 mm, ankle 265 mm, foot length 290 mm Weight: 42.68 kg (94 lb)

Inscriptions and Marks

none visible

Bibliographic References

Claude Blair, European Armour, B.T. Batsford Ltd., London, 1958, p.164-5, 216-17 left legharness and sabaton.

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate XII frontal view, XIII back view, LXXXVII helmet.

J.G. Mann, Exhibition of Armour made in the Royal Workshops at Greenwich, H.M. Tower of London, 22 May-29 September, 1951. Cat No. I pl. I, XXXII (B)

A.V.B. Norman and G.M. Wilson, Treasures form the Tower of London, [Norwich], 1982, Cat. No. 2

Ian Eaves, 'The Tournament Armours of King Henry VIII of England', Livrust Kammaren, 1993, pp.14-15, fig.13.

G Rimer, T Richardson and J P D Cooper, Henry VIII: Arms and the Man, Leeds, 2009,p.114-118


One of the earliest surviving products of the Royal Workshops at Greenwich. III.832 plates of cod piece runited with armour June 1955. RC2: Permission to lend required from the sovereign.