Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot

Date

about 1640

Object Number

IV.275

Provenance

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.

Materials

Dimensions

HelmetHeight210 mm
HelmetLength335 mm
HelmetWeight1100 g
HelmetWidth225 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Mark
Crowned IR of James II

Associations

Places Netherlands

Notes

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.