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Tower arsenal. Bowyer Tower AC 3 (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, bordered by nine lining rivets, of which the two at each side are fitted with square, internal washers retaining fragments of the leather connecting straps for the missing cheekpieces. Attached to the skull by a rivet at the right side, and a later, bent nail at the left side, is a one piece neckguard, embossed to simulate three lames, which flares very slightly to its obtusely pointed end. its main edge has a plain, inward turn, bordered by seven lining rivets. Attached to the skull byt a small pivot at each side is a slightly rounded, centrally pointed peak with a plain, inward turned main edge. Its upward flanged rear edge, forming the arms of the peak, is shaped to the skull and the base of the comb. Riveted to the rear of the peak proper is a triple bar faceguard (the central one now broken out) made of bars of rectangular section, welded together at the base to form a downward projecting finial with an outward turned end. The skull has recieved a heavy, oblique blow at the rear of the right side, and shows a dent at the front of the same side. Russet with traces of black paint.


Dimensions: Skull Width: 19.9 cm ( 7.8 in), Skull Depth: 23.8 cm ( 9.3 in), Overall Depth: 39.4 cm ( 15.5 in), Face-guard Height: 22.6 cm ( 8.9 in) Weight: 1.77 kg ( 3 lb 14 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The end of the neck-guard is struck internally, near its centre, with two triangular marks.


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