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Tower arsenal. Bowyer Tower AC 2, 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 where it is riveted on the inside. 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. Three rivets at the front and left retain 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 with internal square washers retaining fragments of the canvas lining band, of which the central rivet is missing. At the centre are two vertically placed decorative rrivets. A peak is attached to the sakull by a pivot at either side. It is medially pointed with plain inward trurned edges. 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 is triple bar faceguard made of bars of rectangular section, welded tog rether at the base to form a curled finial. It is painted black overall. At the centre of the skull, close to the comb is a small hole of indeterminate function.


Dimensions: Skull Width: 19.6 cm ( 7.6 in), Skull Depth: 41.1 cm ( 16.1 in), Overall Depth: 23.4 cm ( 9.2 in), Face-guard Height: 19.3 cm ( 7.6 in) Weight: 1.670 kg ( 3 lb 10.75 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

At the centre of the neckguard is a maker's mark, possibly combined AN.


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