Object Title





Object Number



Bowyer Tower, AS 76 1989

Physical Description

It has a two piece skull with an integral peak and a seperate neckguard. The hemispherical skull is joined in a low, medial comb, turned to the right, and lapped and riveted at the base and on the peak. Its main edges, at the sides, have plain inward turns. The peak is of broad, rounded, obtusely pointed form. Its main edge has a plain inward turn with a recessed border. It is pierced at the centre rear by a roughly rectangular hole for the missing nasal bar, which was locked by a wing screw inserted in a threaded hole in the front of a rectangular staple attatched by a pair of rivets to the brow, which have square internal washers and also act as lining rivets. The front of the base of the skull is encircled by eight round headed lining rivets with square washers, the central two of which retain the staple, the rear two of which retain large fragments of the front leathers for the missing cheekpieces. The neckguard, which flares to the neck, is embossed to simulate four lames and has angular corners and a medial point, is attatched by a rivet at the right; that at the left is missing. These rivets also retained the rear cheekpiece leathers. Its main edge has a plain, inward turn with a recessed border containing eleven round headed lining rivets with square washers which retain substantial portions of the leather lining band. A row of decorative rivets, one at the top of each simulated lame and an upward pointed triangle of three at the base, runs down the centre of the neckguard. At either side of the centre at the rear is a rivet hole, that at the left containing part of a rivet, for the missing plume holder. It is painted black. At the centre rear of the neckguard is a suspension hole.


Dimensions: Skull width: 19.7 cm ( 7.9 in), Skull depth: 24.9 cm (9.9 in), Overall depth: 41.9 cm (16.5 in) Weight: 1.468 kg ( 3 lb 3.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The left of the peak is struck with an indistinct mark, probably a crownrd IR for the Arsenal of James II.


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