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Tassets: HEN.M.3D-1933

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Pair of tassets, for infantry use, decorated with bands in the 'black and white' fashion. Each formed of six upward-overlapping lames that narrow slightly to their lower end and extend to just above the level of the knees. The lowest lame is deeper than the rest. Its convex lower edge has a file-roped inward turn. The inner ends of the first and second lames are cut away in a concave curve over the crotch. The lames are connected to one another by modern, round-headed sliding-rivets with octagonal internal washers at their outsides, and modern internal leathers secured by single rivets at their insides and centres. Attached at either end of the upper edge of the first lame by a single flat-headed rivet is a modern, double-ended, tongued iron suspension buckle. Riveted within each end of the fifth lame is a modern buff leather strap. The inner strap terminates in a modern, double-end, tongued iron buckle. Part of the composite half armour HEN.M.3A-E-1933


History note: Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart


Late 16th Century
Production date: AD 1590


Each tasset is decorated with raised bands and borders against a blackened ground in the 'black and white' fashion. The border at the lower edge is of ogee form.

The bright bands of the tassets show a slightly mottled light to medium patination. The intervening blackened areas are worn through to bright metal at some points.

Components of the work

Buckle composed of iron (metal)
Strap composed of leather
Right Depth 9.3 cm Height 37.0 cm Weight 0.95 kg Width 25.6 cm
Left Depth 9.4 cm Height 35.0 cm Weight 0.91 kg Width 24.3 cm
Bands And Borders

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammering : Each formed of six upward-overlapping lames that narrow slightly to their lower end and extend to just above the level of the knees; hammered, shaped, riveted, with banded decoration in 'black and white' fashion

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.3D-1933
Primary reference Number: 17721
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 7 January 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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