Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot


about 1640

Object Number



Tower arsenal, Until 2009 on loan to Constable, Windsor Castle.

Physical Description

The helmet is made in two halves joined along the low medial comb and at the front and rear of the brim by rivets. The brim is narrow and steeply angled at the sides. The main edge has a plain inward turn. The bowl of the helmet is encircled with twelve lining rivets all of which retain their original internal washers. A large section of the front of the brim has been badly damaged and there is a crack in the brim at the rear. A suspension hole is present at the rear of the brim.An indentation is present at the rear of the skull. The exterior surface is bright with some traces of inactive corrosion and the interior of the skull has been painted black. The cheekpieces are missing.



HelmetHeight210 mm
HelmetLength346 mm
HelmetWeight960 g
HelmetWidth242 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped crowned IR.


Places Netherlands


One of a small group of Dutch pikemen's pots with plain narrow steeply angled brims. The absence of lining rivets around the brim, plume holder and any detailing may point to these helmets being of later c.1640 date.