Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot

Date

1625

Object Number

IV.159

Provenance

Old Tower collection.

Physical Description

Skull piece made in two halves with low comb; large pivoted peak and neckguard of similar shape joined to the skull by three articulated lames. Embossed with two bands of ridges running from front to back; the peak and neckguard have sunken borders the edges pierced with small holes for attaching the lining. Large earpieces with shield-shaped embossings pierced for hearing, probably associated. An associated Dutch plume holder of fretted brass, filled to left, rear of skull.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height: 290mm; width: 265mm; depth: 413mm

Component parts

Inscriptions and Marks

none visible

Associations

Places England

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate CV.

Notes

Associated cheekpieces removed in 1978 and replaced by modern restorations copied from those on similar helmet in the hall of the Armourers and brasiers Co, London. The cheek pieces made by H.R. Robinson, and the hinges made by E. Smith who did the final fitting.


Similar helmet at the York Castle Museum (Reg. No. T 188); another said to of Oliver Cromwell published in Grose, possibly later at Warwick and possibly destroyed in the fire, still there; another Colchester Castle Museum said to of Seymour Lucas the Royalist commander. Same type as IV.2016, see T Richardson, 'An early harquebusier's pot', Arms & Armour 1.1, 2004: 33-8.