Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot


about 1640

Object Number



Tower Arsenal

Physical Description

Skull made in two halves with a low comb, an adjustable nasal-guard fitted at the front and a plume-holder at the back. Wide brim later stamped with the government mark of James II. The neck guard is of one piece embossed to simulate four lames. The surface is blackened.



HelmetDepth272 mm
HelmetHeight280 mm
HelmetWeight1310 g
HelmetWidth410 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Government mark
Government mark of crowned IR of James II
On brim
The brim is stamped crowned IR.

Bibliographic References

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


Although conforming in general shape to the typical English harquebusier's pot or 'lobster pot' the single nasal and presence of similar helmets in Dutch paintings of the period, suggests it was produced in the Netherlands. There is no surviving evidence, for example, that the Armourer's Company of London, who supplied hundreds of harquebusier's pots to the New Model Army, ever produced Continental style helmets.

For a more ornate version see a portrait of an officer, possibly Herman Otto van Stirum, 1624, Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis, The Hague , inv./cat.nr 415. For other paintings see the battle scenes by Adam Franz van der Meulen