Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot


about 1640

Object Number



Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

The helmet is made in two halves joined along the low medial comb and at the front and rear of the brim by rivets. The brim is narrow and steeply angled at the sides. The main edge has a plain inward turn. The bowl of the helmet is encircled with twelve lining rivets all of which retain their original internal washers. A corrosion hole is present on the right-hand side of the skull and two further suspension holes have been pierced in the side and rear of the brim. There are two indentations on the front of the skull. The exterior surface is heavily patinated to a russet colour and the interior has been painted black. The cheekpieces are missing.



HelmetHeight210 mm
HelmetLength335 mm
HelmetWeight1100 g
HelmetWidth225 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Crowned IR of James II


Places Netherlands


One of a small group of Dutch pikemen's pots with plain narrow steeply angled brims. The absence of lining rivets around the brim, plume holder and any detailing may point to these helmets being of later c.1640 date.