Object Title

Pikeman's armour

Pikeman's armour

Date

1640

Object Number

II.156

Provenance

Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

The pot is made in two pieces joined in a low comb and with a wide brim. The main edge has a plain inward turn with a recessed border containing round-headed lining rivets with square washers. At the base of the skull are two rivets at either side have square washers for the cheekpiece leathers. At the rear is a plain plume holder. The gorget is made in two pieces, joined by a rivet on a riveted repair at the left, and fastened by a restored stud and keyhole slot at the right. The main edges have plain inward turns with recessed borders. The breastplate has a low neck, a medial ridge and a vestigial peascod at the waist which has a wide flange. The main edges have plain inward turns bordered by single incised lines, but with recessed borders on the flange sides and tassets containing decorative rivets. At either side of the chest is a swivel hook with a shell terminal and fretted washer, all gilded, and a pierced stud for the shoulder straps. Joining the tassets to the flange are four hinged hasps with trefoil terminals and integral swivel hooks, which engage pierced studs on the flange. This is also decorated with columns of rivets. The tassets are of one-piece construction, embossed to simulate six lames, and decorated with three rows of rivets ending in rosettes at the bottoms. There is a suspension hole at the neck, and the outer left hasp is partly detached. The backplate has a low neck and a flange at the waist. The main edges including the flange have plain inward turns bordered by single incised lines. At either shoulder is a restored pikeman's shoulder strap and at a restored waist strap and buckle at either side.

Dimensions

Dimensions: see individual records Weight: Total weight: 8840g

Inscriptions and Marks

The pot is stamped crowned IR. The gorget is incised M, crudely, probably an ownership mark. The breastplate is stamped pearled A, 10 and crowned IR. The backplate is stamped crowned IR, and has a construction mark, 11 wedges, inside at the right.

Notes

with II.193