Object Title

Secret

Secret

Date

1671-1699

Object Number

IV.770

Physical Description

Skull formed of two pieces brazed together with numerous small holes pierced around the lower edge for the attachment of a lining. In addition there is a small rectangular slot cut into the front/back of skull in line with the series of small holes. The entire piece has been painted black. Hammer marks are clearly visible across the surface of the piece.

Materials

Dimensions

SkullHeight102 mm
SkullLength203 mm
SkullWeight440 g
SkullWidth173 mm

Associations

Places England

Notes

Secrets were used throughout the 17th and 18th centuries as a convenient form of basic head protection. They could either be worn inside or over the crown of a felt hat in order to provide some protection against sword cuts. This secret is one of a large number of almost identical form which are believed to date to the late 17th century. The function of the slot is not clear.