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Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, H23, formerly Tower.

Physical Description

The skull is made in one piece, embossed with six radial ridges. At the top is a loop finial with a circular washer. The main edge is plain, with a raised border. The peak is pointed, pierced for a nasal bar, and with a narrow flange attached to the skull by four rivets. Its main edge has an inward turn. The two central rivets also hold a rectangular bracket, with a wing-headed screw, for retaining the nasal, which is a long, curved bar of rectangualr section, with a leaf-shaped finial and a retaining stud at the base.

The neckguard is made of four lames overlapping upwards, articulated by rivets in cusps at either side, and by a nodern, medial, internal leather. The main edges have inward turns, and the edge of the deep lower lame is bordered by nine lining rivets. The lames have medial cusps.

The cheekpieces are symmetrical, pointed, with rounded sides. Each is pierced with a rosette of seven holes at the centre. The main edges have inward turns, bordered by five lining rivets, and two rivets at the top for attachment by leathers to the skull. All the leathers and their rivets are modern.


Dimensions: Overall Depth: 42.5 cm ( 16.8 in), Skull Height: 14.4 cm ( 5.7 in), Skull Width: 21.0 cm ( 8.3 in), Skull Depth: 22.0 cm ( 8.7 in), Nasal Height: 31.5 cm ( 12.4 in ), Weight: 1.6 kg ( 3 lb 7 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the apex of the nasal and point of the peak is M for the maker. Inside the peak is incised XII.


Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, Vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 214.


In 1985 in one of the bedrooms with III.1980 and III.2018.