Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot

Date

1635-1645

Object Number

IV.1227

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 72 (1988).

Physical Description

It has a high hemispherical skull with a narrow integral brim turned down at each side. It is made in two halves joined at the skull in a low medial comb and at the brim with rivets. The comb which slightly increases in height at its apex, is turned to the left. The brim has a plain inward turn bordered by sixteen lining rivets, bordered by a single incised line decoration of which the front one has been crudely punched out for suspension with internal square washers, of which two at tjhe front right retain fragments of the lining band. The base of the skull is encircled by sixteen rivets, of which two at each side have square internal washers retaining fragments of the connecting leathers for the missing cheekpieces. Low at the rear of the skull is a plume holder of plain truncated conical form attached by two rivets on lateral extensions. It is painted black overall.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall width: 25.4 cm ( 10.0 in), Overall depth: 32.5 cm ( 12.8 in), Skull width: 17.8 cm ( 7.0 in), Skull depth: 22.0 cm ( 8.6 in) Weight: 1.155 kg ( 2 lb 8.75 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

A deeply struck mark at the right side of the brim is probably that of the James II cypher.

Associations

Places Netherlands