Object Title

Secret

Secret

Date

1671-1699

Object Number

IV.1415

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.

Materials

Dimensions

SkullHeight100 mm
SkullLength199 mm
SkullWeight555 g
SkullWidth171 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places England

Notes

The brazed seam at the rear is cut in dovetails; There is some evidence that the edges of the crown seam are also cut in dovetails. These dovetails may actually be retangular tabs overlapping a straight edge and filed down after brazing. 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.