Object Title





Object Number



Bowyer Tower, AS 76 1989

Physical Description

It has a two piece skull with an integral peak and seperate neckguard. The hemispherical skull is joined in a low medial comb turned to the left and terminating a little above its base where it is riveted at the inside rear and inside of the peak. The peak, which is of a very broad, rounded, obtusely pointed form, has a plain inward turned edge accompanied by a recessed border in which are eleven round headed rivets of which the central one is missing. It is pierced at its centre, at the base of the skull, with a rectangular hole through which the missing sliding nasal bar originally passed. The nasal bar was originally locked by a screw inserted in a missing staple which was attached by a pair of rivets at the centre of the brow. The base of the skull is encircled at the front and sides only by a single incised line decoration, below which are nine probably replacement lining rivets including those for attatchment of the missing cheekpieces. The sides of the skull have a plain inward turn. Attached to the rear of the skull by a rivet at either side is a one piece neckguard embossed to simulate four lames. It has a plain inward turned main edge accompanied by a recessed border containing seventeen probably replacement lining rivets of which the top one on each side is also that which attaches the neck guard to the skull. Each simulated lame is decorated at its upper edge with a single incised line and at its centre with a round headed rivet except for the last which is decorated with five such rivets in a Greek cross arrangement. It is painted black overall. There is a small dent on the right side of the skull.


Dimensions: Skull width: 19.6 cm ( 7.8 in), Skull depth: 23.0 cm (9.1 in), Overall depth: 40.3 cm (15.7 in) Weight: 0.92 kg ( 2 lb 0.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The left of the peak is deeply struck with an indistrinct mark possibly the crowned IR of James II.


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