Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot

Date

1635

Object Number

IV.215

Provenance

Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

The helmet is made in two parts, joined in a low comb, widening at the crown and turned to the left. The brim is joined by two externally flush lining rivets and by a lining rivet at front and rear, the latter now missing and the hole damaged. The brim is broad and curves down at both sides. The main edge has an inward turn accompanied by a recessed border originally containing 29 domed brass lining rivets fitted with internal irregular square washers retaining fragments of leather lining band. As well as the missing rear rivet, one is also missing from the right side. The base of the skull is bordered by double incised line decoration, as is the skull either side of the comb. Along the line of the basal decoration each side are 11 domed brass lining rivets. The fourth from the rear and fifth from the front on each side are fitted with internal square washers retaining fragments of the leathers for securing the missing cheek pieces. At the rear there are two rivet holes for securing the missing plume holder.
It is externally bright and internally rough from the hammer. There is a puncture on the left recessed border. There is a slight indnt on the left rear of the brim.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max. width: 29.2 cm (11.5 in), Max. length: 41.8 cm (16.4 in) Weight: 1.314 kg (2 lb 14 1/4 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on the left rear of the brim: S and crowned A (twice)

Associations

Places England