Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, H.40

Physical Description

The skull is made of two pieces, joined in a low comb turned to the left and terminating above the edge. The main edge is inwardly turned and bordered with seven lining rivets with square internal washers 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 in a sunken border, with square internal washers. 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 are original, of the asymmetrical type with an angular rear edge, straight front edge, and rounded base, with inwardly turned edges bordered by five rivets. The lower part of the neckguard is a contemporary repair, attached by three flush rivets.

Conserved in 1968.


Dimensions: skull height 150 mm (6.0 in), Skull Width: 202 mm (8.0 in), Skull depth: 242 mm (9.6 in), Overall Depth: 422 mm (16.7 in), Face-guard Height: 197 mm (7.8 in) Weight: 1.6 kg ( 3 lb 7 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the peak B for the maker.


Places England

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, Vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 37.


In 1985 in the Great Hall, SW figure, assembled in 1968, with III.1952, III.1996 and III.2033. The same mark apears on IV.887 (possibly not indigenous) and IV.912 (certainly not) at Littlecote.