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Bowyer Tower Bay 7 (1988)

Physical Description

The skull is made of two pieces, joined in a low comb, turned to the left, bordered by single incised lines , and riveted at the base. The main edge has a plain, inward turn, bordered by six lining rivet holes, in which one flush rivet survives, and by three cheekpiece rivet holes at either side, in one of which a flush rivet persists. The neckguard is attached by a flush rivet at either side. It flares to the neck, has angular corners and a blunt medial point, and is embossed to simulate four lames. The main edge has a plain, inward turn with a sunken border containing eleven lining rivet holes and several others. Down the centre is a row of decorative rivets terminating in a triangle at the base. The subsidiary edges are bordered by single incised lines. The peak is rounded, with a medial point and a level flange embossed for the comb and extended and swept up at either side, where it is pivoted to the skull. At the left, a nut and bolt forms the pivot, whereas at the right a flat headed copper rivet is used. The main edge has a plain inward turn and sunken border, while the upper edge of the flange has a single incised line. A shallow triple bar faceguard is attached, made up of bars of square section, with a very short curled finial at the base. The exterior is rough and bright. It is dented, particularly at the left of the skull. There is an extra hole at the centre of the peak.


Dimensions: Skull Width: 19.2 cm ( 7.5 in), Skull Depth: 24.7 cm ( 9.7 in), Overall Depth: 43.0 cm ( 17.0 in), Face-guard Height: 14.8 cm ( 5.8 in) Weight: 1.78 kg ( 3 lb 14.75 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible.


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