Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot

Date

1650

Object Number

IV.1154

Provenance

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 ten lining rivets of which two at each side also retain fragments of the connecting leathers for the missing cheekpieces over the fragments of the canvas lining band. A one piece neckguard, embossed to simulate three lames is attached to the skull by a rivet at either side. It flares out slightly to its obtusely pointed end. Its main edge has plain inward turns bordered by seven lining rivets of which the central one is missing. A peak is attached to the skull by a pivot at either side. 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 opf 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 to form a straight finial. It is painted black overall. On the left side of thge skull the rivet retaining the neckguard has broken. There is a triangular damaged hole on the right side of the skull close to the comb. There are two small holes in the comb, possibly for suspension.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Skull Width: 18.8 cm ( 7.4 in), Skull Depth: 24.2 cm ( 9.5 in), Overall Depth: 39.0 cm ( 15.3 in), Face-guard Height: 21.5 cm ( 8.4 in) Weight: 1.605 kg ( 3 lb 8.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible; there may be some wedge-shaped construction marks on the inside of the neckguard.

Associations

Places England