Object Title

Pikeman's armour

Pikeman's armour



Object Number



Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

The Dutch pot is made in two pieces joined in a low comb and with a narrow brim. The main edge has a plain inward turn with a recessed border containing twelve round-headed lining rivets with square washers. Round the base of the skull are twelve rivets of which two at either side have square washers for the cheekpiece leathers, the rest being decorative. At the rear is a plain plume holder. There are two suspension holes at the front of the brim and one at the rear. The English breastplate has a low neck, a medial ridge and a point at the waist which has a wide flange. The main edges have plain inward turns bordered by single incised lines, but with recessed borders on the flange sides and tassets. Incised lines also run down the centre and from the arms to the point. At either side of the chest is a swivel hook and pierced stud for the shoulder straps. Joining the tassets to the flange are four hinged hasps permanently attached, pointed at top and bottom. The tassets are of one-piece construction, embossed to simulate six lames, and decorated with three rows of rivets ending in rosettes at the bottoms. The surface is bright. There is a suspension hole at the neck, and the outer left hasp is partly detached. The backplate is for a harquebusier, made 1649-54. It has a raised neck and a narrow flange at the waist. The main edges including the flange have plain inward turns. At either shoulder is a restored pikeman's shoulder strap and six additional rivet holes. At either side is a restored waist strap.


Dimensions: pot height 195 mm, width 300 mm, depth 345 mm; breastplate height 690 mm with tassets, width 330 mm; backplate height 416 mm, width 335 mm Weight: pot 1800 g, breastplate and tassets 4995 g, backplate 2270 g

Inscriptions and Marks

The pot is stamped M and crowned IR. The breastplate is stamped C and crowned IR. The backplate is stamped IL and cross of St George, with a construction mark XXXIII inside the flange.