Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, H36.

Physical Description

The skull is made of two pieces joined in a low comb turned to the right and terminationg above the edge. The main edge is inwardly turned, and bordered by six lining rivets and three for each cheekpiece. The neckguard is attached by a rivet at either side. It flares to the neck with a medial point and is embossed to simulate three lames. The main edge is inwardly turned, and bordered by nine lining rivets, retaining fragments of the canvas lining band. The peak is rounded, with a medial point and a level flange embossed for the comb and pivoted to the skull at either side. A triple bar faceguard is attached, made of bars of rectangular section with a finial at the base. The cheekpieces were restored in February 1986, together with the left pivot, which was missing.


Dimensions: Skull Width: 21.0 cm ( 8.3 in), Skull Depth: 23.4 cm ( 9.2 in), Overall Depth: 38.5 cm ( 15.2 in), Face-guard Height: 19.4 cm ( 7.7 in) Weight: 1.8 kg ( 3 lb 15 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Inside the rear of the skull, peak, and base of the neckguard is incised XXXX.


Places England

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, Vol. II, 22 November 1984, lot 74.


In 1985 in the Great Hall, E wall (r-l) 8, with III.1992 and III.2030