Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot

Date

1650

Object Number

IV.1152

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Bowyer Tower Bay 6 (1988)

Physical Description

Its skull is made in two halves joined in a low medial comb turned to the right and terminating a little above its lower edge. The main edge has a plain inward turn and is bordered by seven lining rivets of which the two at each side also retain fragments of the connecting leathers for the missing cheekpieces. The one piece neckguard is no longer attached to the helmet. It is embossed to simulate three lames and flares slightly to its obtusely pointed end. Its main edge has plain inward turns bordered by six lining rivets of which the central one is missing and the rivet hole enlarged possibly for suspension. On its upper edge it has on the left a rivet and on the right a damaged rivet hole for the attachment to either side of the skull. Attached to the skull by a pivot at either side is a slightly rounded centrally pointed peak, with a plain inward turned edge. 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 proper is a triple bar faceguard made of bars of rectangular section, welded together at the base to form a curled finial. It has been painted black overall, but largely cleaned on the outside.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Skull Width: 19.4 cm ( 7.6 in), Skull Depth: 22.2 cm ( 8.7 in), Overall Depth: 40.0 cm ( 15.7 in), Face-guard Height: 19.6 cm ( 7.7 in) Weight: 1.550 kg ( 3 lb 6.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On the peak is a makers mark, TD. Inside the neckguard are eight wedge-shaped construction marks. No other construction marks are visible.

Associations

Places England