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Tasset Lames from DHR Collections



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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
ground —these were recovered from Jordan’s
Journey  44PG302.

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

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

44PG302/4-95   Tasset 95

Tasset —one solid
piece with rolled edge along the bottom

Updated May 30, 2017