Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of littlecote House, H11.

Physical Description

It has a two-piece skull joined in a low comb, a one-piece neckguard embossed to simulate four lames and a pivoted peak with triple-bar faceguard. The main edges have plain inward turns, bordered at the front by six round-headed lining rivets with square washers, two at either side for the cheekpieces, and by thirteen round-headed lining rivets with square washers in a recessed border on the tail. A column of decorative rivets runs down the centre of the tail. The subsidiary edges are bordered by single incised lines.. Cheekpieces restored in February 1986.



SkullDepth235 mm
SkullHeight150 mm
SkullWidth185 mm
HelmetDepth393 mm
HelmetWeight1600 g
Face guardHeight207 mm

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Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, Vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 121.


Of Commonwealth form, crudely made, however, the style of the neckguard is usually characteristic of harquebusier pots pre c.1645 and therefore seems to have been reused when the helmet was constructed.

Displayed in Littlecote Hall in1985 in the Great hall, N wall, W alcove, left group, with III.1971, III.2009, III.2053 and III.2054.


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