Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot

Date

1635-1645

Object Number

IV.1224

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 increases in height at its apex, is turned to the right, while the brim has a plain inward turn accompanied by a recessed border containing sixteen lining rivets, of which the front central one has been crudely punched out for suspension, with internal square washers retaining fragments of the lining band. It is encircled near the base of the skull by a single incised line decoration. Two rivets low at each side of the skull 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 square lateral extensions. It is painted black overall. The front and right of the brim is damaged. At the centre left of the skull, near the comb, a square hole of indeterminate function has been crudely punched outwards.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall Width: 23.5 cm ( 9.2 in.), Overall Depth: 36.0 cm ( 14.1 in.), Skull Width: 17.5 cm ( 6.9 in.), Skull Depth: 22.2 cm ( 8.7 in.) Weight: 1.550 kg ( 3 lb 6.25oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

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

Associations

Places Netherlands