Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot

Date

1635

Object Number

IV.219

Provenance

Old Tower stock

Physical Description

The helmet is made in two parts, joined in a low comb, widening at the crown and turned to the right. The brim is joined by two externally flush rivets and by a lining rivet at the front, and 2 flush rivets at the rear. The brim is broad and curves down at both sides. The main edge has an inward turn accompanied by a recessed border originally containing 26 domed brass lining rivets fitted with circular rivets. The rearmost rivet is missing. The base of the skull is bordered by double incised line decoration, as is the skull either side of the comb. The base of the skull has 22 domed brass rivets, the 5th from the front and 4th from the rear each side fitted with internal irregular washers retaining fragments of the leathers for securing the missing cheek pieces. At the rear are two rivet holes for the missing plume holder.
It is externally bright and internally rough from the hammer. The comb is pierced by a later suspension hole. The rearmost lining rivet has broken out, revealing the wire of the inward turn. The edge of the brim on the right side has minor splits in several places.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max. length: 44.2 cm (17.4 in), Max. width: 29.4 cm (11.6 in) Weight: 1.513 kg (3 lb 5 1/4 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on right rear recessed border: ID and crowned A.

Associations

Places England