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 terminating a little above its base where, at the rear, it is also joined by a rivet. The peak, which is of broad, rounded, obtusely pointed form, is joined by a rivet at its centre, and has a plain, inward turned edge accompanied by a recessed border. It is pierced at its centre, near the base of the skull, with a rectangular hole through which the missing sliding nasal bar originally passed. The nasal bar was locked by a wing headed screw inserted in the front of a rectangular staple, attached by a pair of round headed rivets at the centre of the brow. The base of the skull is encircled, at the front and sides only, by ten rounded headed lining rivets with square, internal washers, of which the front two are also those which retain the staple for the nasal bar, and the rear two at each side also retain fragments of the connecting leathers for the missing cheekpieces. The sides of the skull have inward turned edges. Attatched to the rear of the skull by a round headed rivet at either side (the left one broken out from the skull and augmented by a second, later rivet just to the inside of it) is a one piece neckguard embossed to simulate four lames. It has a plain, inward turned main edge, accompanied by a recessed border originally containing thirteen round headed lining rivets with a square, internal washers, of which the central one is missing, and the top one at either side is also that which attaches the neck guard to the skull. Each simulated lame is decorated at its top with a single incised line, and at its centre and each side with a single round headed rivet, except for the lowest lame which is decorated, in each of those positions with three such rivets in triangular formation. Attatched by a pair of round headed rivets to the centre of the top simulated lames, is a tapering, iron plume holder decorated with a small hole on each side of the tube, and two small in each of thwe constricted arms. The front left of the peak is damaged, and the left of the peak is broken away from the skull. Each side of the skull is pierced at the lower edge with a later suspension hole. Painted black


Dimensions: Skull width: 20.7 cm ( 8.1 in), Skull depth: 23.8 cm (9.4 in), Overall depth: 40.2 cm (15.9 in) Weight: 1.500 kg ( 3 lb 4.75 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The left of the peak appears to be struck with a mark, now concealed by paint.


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