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Old Tower stock.

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 10 lining rivets with internal square washers and retaining fragments of canvas lining band. The rear two rivets on the left side and closely spaced. The comb is pierced in the centre by a later suspension hole.
A one-piece neckguard, embossed to simulate 3 lames, is attached to the skull by a domed rivet to right and left, each fitted with 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 in the centre by a later suspension hole.
A peak is attached to the skull by a pivot at either side, each rivet fitted internally with 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 patinated externally, and internally is rough from the hammer. The main right edge and the comb are laminating.


Dimensions: Max. skull width: 19.7 cm (7.75 in), Max. skull depth: 22.9 cm (9 in), Overall depth: 37.2 cm (14.6 in), Weight: 1.419 kg (3 lb 2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Left edge stamped with crowned IR, centre of third lame of neckguard stamped H. Inside VI chiselled on each element, and twice on the peak. Internally on right of skull, marked 182 in red paint.


Places England


Formerly numbered IV.182