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Tasset Lames

The tasset was attached to the breastplate "skirt" and covered the upper front portion of the legs. It is composed of lames, metal strips that may have been manufactured in separate articulated sections that moved when the wearer moved, or in a larger pressed sheet metal section (one for each leg) that appeared to be several overlapping lames, but was actually only one formed sheet.

Many fragments of tasset lames of different sizes and construction  have been recovered from 17th-century Tidewater sites in Virginia. 

Articulated examples like those pictured here are rare.  The hammered sheet metal deteriorates badly in the  soil where they are usually found in Virginia, so they require extensive conservation in order to stabilize them and to reveal the actual shape of the pieces.

 

44PG302/EU2129-97   Tasset Lames 2029

Two lames (separate pieces) articulated as they were found  in the groundthese were recovered from Jordan's Journey  44PG302.

44PG302/EU2129-96 F-430A S-2   Tasset Lames 2031

Two lames (separate pieces) with brass decorative rosettesconserved in the deformed and folded condition they were in when recovered.

44PG302/4-95   Tasset 95

Tassetone solid piece with rolled edge along the bottom

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