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Title Pair of tassets
Nationality German?
Period 16th century

These are almost certainly from a half armour, ie breast, back, tassets and morion or burgonet. Typically worn by an officer in the Spanish Netherlands campaigns and in fighting in France and Italy, the embossed detail, as well as the quality of the original rivets, all pointing to officer quality, probably of German manufacture.

These are not to be confused with pikemen's tassets, which are of much stouter construction, whether of other ranks' quality or officer's.

They have been extensively restored and patched, with many of the rivets and all the leather work having been replaced. This is not unusual for items of this age, particularly from combat armour. The red paint is obviously not original, but has probably been done to preserve the back of the piece from rust. This restoration work was all carried out professionally at the Tower of London Armouries in the 1950s.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Armour : German : 16th Century]


Chris, got the buckle thanks and what a beauty, posted it on the forum already (war relics forum) I mod the buckle forum I have put a thanks to you on there with your site title so might drum up a bit of business for you :)

B E, UK, 13.12.2011

Received the buttons today, many thanks and I hope to be dealing again with you very soon.

S M, UK, 10.02.2009