Object Title

Pot

Pot

Date

1650

Object Number

IV.1184

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Bowyer Tower AC 2, 1988.

Physical Description

Its skull is made in two pieces joined in a low, medial comb turned to the right and terminating a little above its lower edge, where at the front and rear it is retained by a rivet inside. The main edge has a plain inward turn and is bordered by eleven lining rivets of which the third and fourth at the right retain fragments of the canvas lining band. Above the central rivet is a small punched hole, possibly for suspension. A one piece neckguard embossed to simulate three lames is attached to the skull by a rivet at either side. It flares slightly to its obtusely pointed end. Its main edge has a plain inward turn bordered by seven lining rivets with external square washers. 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 edges, forming the arms of the peak, is shaped to the skull and the base of 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 curled finial. It is bright on the outside and painted black on the inside.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Skull Width: 19 cm ( 7.4 in), Skull Depth: 23.7 cm ( 9.3 in), Overall Depth: 38.2 cm ( 15.0 in), Face-guard Height: 20.2 cm ( 7.9 in) Weight: 1.245 kg ( 2 lb 11.25oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

At the left side of the peak is stamped sans serif HC. At the centre rear of the neckguard is a deeply struck mark, possibly a Cross of St George.

Associations

Places England