Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot



Object Number



Bowyer Tower AS 72 (1988)

Physical Description

It has a high, hemispherical skull with a narrow integral brim turned down at either side. It is made in two pieces, joined in a low medial comb, which extends to the centre and is turned to the left, and riveted at the brim. The main edge has a plain, inward turn with a sunken border once containing fourteen lining rivets with square internal washers; the one at the centre front is missing, and the one at the centre rear lacks its washer. The base of the skull is bordered by fourteen rivets, of which two towards the rear at either side have square washers retaining fragments of leathers for the missing cheekpieces; the remainder are decorative. Low at the rear is a decoratively shaped plume holder of truncated conical form with a point at the top and a rounded lobe at either side by which it is riveted to the skull. It is covered in thick, black paint. At either side of the base of the skull is a pierced supension hole, a pair of which are found beside the skull at the front of the brim. The skull is dented at either side.


Dimensions: Overall width: 24.5 cm ( 9.7 in), Overall depth: 34.0 cm ( 13.4 in), Skull width: 17.5 cm ( 6.9 in), Skull depth: 25.1 cm ( 9.1 in) Weight: 1.455 kg ( 3 lb 3 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

At the rear of the brim is a dent, possibly a crowned IR for the Arsenal of James II.


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