Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot


about 1650

Object Number



Tower arsenal. Bowyer Tower Bay 6, 1988.

Physical Description

The skull is made of two pieces joined in a low comb turned to the right and terminating above the edge. The main edge has a plain, inward turn bordered by five flush lining rivets and by two round headed rivets with square internal washers at the left and three at the right for the missing cheekpieces. The neckguard was attached by a rivet with a square internal washer at either side; the right one is missing, and the neckguard attached by wire. It flares to the neck with a blunt medial point and is embossed to simulate three lames. Its main edge has a plain, inward turn bordered by ten lining rivets of which one at the left corner is a working life addition, all with squarish internal washers, some retaining fragments of linen lining band. The peak is rounded with a medial point, and a level flange embossed for the comb and extended at either side, where it is pivoted to the skull. A triple bar faceguard is fitted, with external square washers. It is made of bars of rectangular section, with a curled finial at the base. There are pierced holes at the centre and left of the neckguard, and two suspension holes at the front. There is another rivet hole beside the rear right cheekpiece rivet. It is covered with peeling and lacquered black paint.


Dimensions: Skull Width: 17.1 cm ( 6.7 in), skull depth: 24.2 cm ( 9.5 in), Overall Depth: 40.0 cm ( 15.7 in), Face-guard Height: 22.0 cm ( 8.7 in) Weight: 1.315 Kg ( 2 lb 14.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on the neckguard is small ID for the maker, and punched in dots the large letters 1O. At the right of the skull is stamped crowned IR for the Arsenal of James II. The neckguard, peak and skull are struck with construction marks inside, X and one wedge-shaped mark.


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