Object Title

Comb morion

Comb morion

Date

1560

Object Number

IV.624

Provenance

Old Tower, transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, Woolwich, 1979.

Physical Description

One piece skull with a low comb heavily roped, a narrow brim drawn out into a point at front and rear, sloping down at the sides and with a roped inward turn accompanied by a narrow recessed border. At the base of the skull is a series of twelve original lining rivets with rosette washers, one missing. Extreiuor retains its original black from the hammer finish, formerly preserved under Rotunda black paint.

Materials

Dimensions

Dimensions: depth 210 mm, width 185 mm Weight: 1945 g (3 lb 3 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped MA 2113, painted 16/33

Associations

Places Flanders

Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, London, 1874: 136, no. 2113

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1889: 148, no. XVI.49

Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda at Woolwich, London, 1963, vol. 1: 57 no. XVI.33

Notes

One of a series of morions that wre probably in the Tower arsenal in the mid-late 16th century. Three were in the Rotunda. Nick Norman suggested in 1987 that they were of Brescian manufacture.