Object Title

Pikeman's armour

Pikeman's armour



Object Number



Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

The pot is Dutch, made in two pieces joined in a low comb and with a broad brim. The main edge has a plain inward turn with a recessed border originally containing 14 round-headed lining rivets with square washers, one missing to make a suspension hole at the front. The based of the skull is bordered by 14 rivets of which 2 at either side retain modern cheekpiece leathers. At the rear is a plain plume holder. Modern restored cheekpieces are fitted. The gorget is formed of one piece front and rear, with a raised neck and a points at the centres of the lower edges. The main edges have plain inward turns with recessed borders. The plates are joined by a rivet at the left, and by a stud and keyhole slot at the right. At either side of the neck is a rivet hole where modern pauldron straps have been fitted. The breastplate has a low neck, a medial ridge and a point 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. At either side of the chest is a swivel hook and pierced stud for the shoulder straps. Joining the tassets to the flange are four hinged hasps permanently attached, rounded at top and pointed at the bottom. The tassets are of one piece construction, embossed to simulate five lames, and decorated with three rows of rivets ending in triangles at the bottoms. The surface is painted black. There is a suspension hole at the neck. The backplate has a low neck and a flange at the waist. The main edges have plain inward turns bordered by single incised lines. At either shoulder is a restored shoulder strap with modern scales and terminal. At either side is a restored waist strap and buckle. There are suspension holes at either arm, and at the neck. The exterior of each component is painted black.


Dimensions: pot height 215 mm, width 258 mm, depth 353 mm; gorget height 140 mm, width 315 mm, depth 275 mm; breastplate height 600 mm, width at arms 370 mm, over tassets 525 mm; backplate height 360 mm, width 377 mm Weight: Pot 1240 g, gorget 800 g, breastplate 4620 g, backplate 2025 g, total 8685 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Pot stamped crowned IR on brim. Gorget stamped recessed HC. Breastplate probably crowned IR at neck. Backplate stamped small H and crowned IR at the neck.


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