Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot


about 1640

Object Number



Old Tower Collection.

Physical Description

The helmet is made in two halves joined along the low medial comb and at the front and rear of the brim by rivets. The brim is narrow and steeply angled at the sides. The main edge has a plain inward turn. The bowl of the helmet is encircled with twelve lining rivets, for of which have been replaced for the attachment of the reproduction cheekpieces. Ten of the lining rivets retain their original internal washers and some retain fragments of linen. Three suspension holes have been pierced in the side, rear and front of the brim. The exterior surface has been painted black and the interior is heavily patinated.



HelmetHeight205 mm
HelmetLength340 mm
HelmetWeight1180 g
HelmetWidth233 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Crowned IR.


Places Netherlands


Part of a small group of Dutch pikemen's pots with plain steeply angled brims. The absense of lining rivets on the brim, plume holder or any form of decoration may indicate a later c.1640 date.