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Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, H.43. Formerly Tower Armouries. Ommited from the Sothebys catalogue

Physical Description

The skull is made in two pieces, joined in a medial riveted seam, right overlapping left. It is embossed with ten broad radial flutes, divided by small ridges, each flute with a smaller central ridge bordered by incised lines. Around the lower front is a row of ten lining rivets within double incised lines, retaining the canvas lining band. The peak is integral, pointed and pierced for a nasal bar. Its edge has an inward turn with a sunken border. At the centre, alligned with the lining rivets, is a rectangular bracket attatched by two rivets, and fitted with a winged screw, for the nasal bar. This is a simple bar of rectangular section, slightly curved, narrowing to the top, and with an inward angle at the top bottom.

The neckguard is short, embossed to simulate four lames. Its main edge has an imward turn with a sunken border containing eleven lining rivets with square internal washers retaining a canvas lining band. At the upper edge of each embossed lame is a decorative rivet at either side and a pair at the centre, with an extra one at the bottom.

The cheekpieces are missing; fragments of their leathers survive.


Dimensions: Overall width: 192 mm (7.6 in), Overall depth: 344 mm (13.6 in), Skull depth: 222 mm (8.8 in), Nasal length: 228 mm (9.0 in) Weight: 1.1 kg ( 2 lb 8 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

At the front of the peak is struck a crowned IR, for the Arsenal of King James II. Inside the peak are struck four triangular punch marks, and XX; inside the skull are struck four triangular punch marks; inside the neckguard is struck XXXX and six triangular punch marks.


Places Flanders


In the Diamond Hall, with III.1994 and III.2031.