Object Title

Pikeman's Pot

Pikeman's Pot

Date

1635-1645

Object Number

IV.1308

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 89 (1989).

Physical Description

It has a hemispherical skull with a broad integral brim narrowing and turned down at either side. It is made in two pieces joined in a low comb expanding to the centre and turned to the left, and riveted at the brim. The main edge has a plain inward turn with a sunken border once containing thirty brass, round headed lining rivets with square internal washers retaining almost complete the canvas lining band, of which the fore- and hind-most are missing. The comb is bordered, and the base of the skull encircled, by pairs of incised lines. O9 the latter was a row of twenty two brass rivets, of which the first at the rear on the right is missing, and the fourth and sixth at either side have square washers retaining fragments of the leathers for the missing cheekpieces (the fourth at the right being an iron rivet with larger head and washer). At either side of the rear of the skull is a rivet hole for the plume holder. It is bright. At the right and front right of the brim, and rear of the comb, are pierced suspension holes.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall width: 28.3 cm ( 11.2 in), Overall depth: 43.9 cm ( 17.3 in), Skull width: 19.2 cm ( 7.6 in), Skull depth: 23.8 cm ( 9.5 in) Weight: 1.49 kg ( 3 lb 4.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the rear with a pearled A for the maker, and crowned A for the guild.

Associations

Places England