Object Title

Secret

Secret

Date

1671-1699

Object Number

IV.1421

Provenance

Bowyer Tower, AS 85 (1989)

Physical Description

It is of roughly hemispherical form, and made in two pieces brazed together around the crown and down the rear. The lower edge is plain and bordered by forty six lining holes and by a rectangular slot at the front. It is painted black. There are some dents at the front right of the crown.

Materials

Dimensions

SkullHeight104 mm
SkullLength201 mm
SkullWeight555 g
SkullWidth168 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places England

Notes

Secrets were used throughout the 17th and 18th centuries as a convenient form of basic head protection. They could either be worn inside or over the crown of a felt hat in order to provide some protection against sword cuts. This secret is one of a large number of almost identical form which are believed to date to the late 17th century. The function of the slot is not clear.