Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot

Date

1650

Object Number

II.300

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Transgferred from IV.207.

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 main edge has a plain inward turn and is bordered by 8 lining rivets, the front rivet each side being flat, the rearmost each side with internal square washers and retaining fragments of leather>
A one-piece neckguard, embossed to simulate 3 lames, is attached to the skull by a domed rivet to right and left. 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 retaining fragments of canvas. There is a later suspension hole pierced through centre rear edge. A peak is attached to the skull by a pivot at either side. 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. The centre and right bar is fitted with a large external square rivet on the peak.
It is patinated externally, and internally is rough from the hammer. The centre edge of the neckguard has broken out, the peak has laminated and broken over the wire of the turned edge on the right side, where there is also a dent.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max. skull width: 18.9 cm (7.4 in), Max. skull depth: 24.7 cm (9.75 in), Overall depth: 38.7 cm (15.25 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped M and Cross of St George, and inside small CL.

Associations

Places England

Notes

Formerly IV.207