Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot

Date

1650

Object Number

II.317

Provenance

Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

The skull is made in two halves joined in a low, medial comb turned to the right and terminating a little above its lower edge, where it is riveted on the inside, the front rivet missing. The main edge has a plain inward turn and is bordered by 9 lining rivets all but one with internal square washers and retaining fragments of a canvas lining band.
A one-piece neckguard, embossed to simulate 3 lames, is attached to the skull by a domed rivet to right and left, secured by an internal square washer. It flares out slightly to its obtusely pointed end. Its main edge has plain inward turns accompanied by a recessed border within which are 7 domed lining rivets with internal washers. The third lame is pierced by a later suspension hole on the right side.
A peak is attached to the skull by a pivot at either side secured internally by a square washer. It is medially pointed with plain, inward turned edges. Its upward flanged rear edge forming the arms of the peak is shaped to the skull and base of the comb. Riveted to the rear of the peak is a triple-bar faceguard, made of bars of rectangular section, welded together at the base.
It is painted black externally, and internally is rough from the hammer.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max. skull width: 21.2 cm (8.3 in), Max. skull depth: 22.2 cm (8.75 in), Overall depth: 38.3 cm (15.1 in), Faceguard height: 21 cm (8.25 in) Weight: 1.458 kg (3 lb 3 1/2 oz)

Component parts

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped WF and crowned IR.

Associations

Places England