Object Title





Object Number

II.40 A


Probably transferred from the Palace at Greenwich about 1649

Physical Description

The skull is of one piece with a medial roped comb and a peak. At the lower rear is a small neckguard attached by three rivets. Attached by internal hinges at either side are large, roughly square cheekpieces. The main edges have roped inward turns with recessed borders containing replacement round headed iron rivets in place of the original lining rivets. Each cheekpiece is embossed at the centre with a decorative rosette of five petals, round ended, and five pointed sepals between them. To the rear of this at either side is a pierced stud for the falling buffe, and below it, original at the left, restored at the right, is a rectangular block with a roped edge for the same purpose. The recessed border on the peak is plain, and there is a row of rivets around the base of the skull, the one at the right corner an original flush rivet retaining a trace of the original lining band. At the rear of the skull is a plain iron plume holder with cusped and scalloped side edges, attached by four rivets. The exterior is bright and slightly patinated. There is a small riveted repair at the right of the peak, a long crack at the left of the skull above the cheekpiece and a shorter one beside it, at the corner of the peak. The roping on the comb is corroding through in several places. At the lower left corner of the skull at the neck is a crack and a vacant rivet hole from the original neck guard.


Dimensions: height: 300 mm; width: 224 mm; depth: 330 mm Weight: 2485 g

Inscriptions and Marks

No marks



This was accessioned by the valuation team as E.30, q.v. I cannot identify any other numbered Greenwich burgonet, and this one is well associated with the armour. It is illustrated in Dufty and Reid as IV.350, but this is quite clearly the upper plate of the falling buffe IV.339, 350 and 351 that has been displayed with it since the mid 20th century.