Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, H28.

Physical Description

The skull is made of two pieces joined in a low comb turned to the right and terminating above the edge. The main edge is inwardly turned, and bordered by five lining rivets with square internal washers and two for each cheekpiece. The neckguard is attached by a rivet at either side. It flares to the neck with a medial point and is embossed to simulate three lames. The main edge is imwardly turned, and bordered by eleven lining rivets with square internal washers. The peak is rounded, with a medial point and a level flange embossed for the comb and pivoted to the skull at either side. A triple bar faceguard is attached, with internal and external washers, made of bars of rectangular section with a finial at the base. The cheekpieces were restored in February 1986. the skull was dented at right and left, and the peak is damaged.


Dimensions: Skull Width: 19.2 cm ( 7.6 in), Skull Depth: 24.0 cm ( 9.5 in), Overall Depth: 40.0 cm ( 15.8 in), Face-guard Height: 19.8 cm ( 7.8 in);, Additional measurements June 2012: Overall length (bowl and rim): 390 mm;, Bowl length: 230 mm;, Bowl width: 190 mm;, Bowl depth: 155 mm;, Neckguard length: 120 mm;, Neckguard width: 215 mm;, Peak depth 70 mm;, Peak width: 220 mm Weight: 1.5 kg ( 3 lb 4 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places England

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, Vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 212.


In 1985 in the Great Hall, S wall, E window, Right group, with III.1984, III.2022, III.2061 and III.2062.