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 it is riveted and the inside rear and the inside of the peak. The peak, which is of a fairly broad, rounded, obtusely pointed form, 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 a threaded hole in the front of a rectangular staple 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 ten round headed lining rivets with square internal washers which retain fragments of the -anvas lining band. The rear two rivets at each side also retain fragments of the connecting leathers for the missing cheekpieces. The sides of the skull have stepped edges. A one piece neckguard embossed to simulate five lames is attached to the rear of the skull by a rivet at either side. It has a plain inward turned main edge accompanied by a recessed border containing thirteen round headed lining rivets with square internal washers retaining fragments of the canvas lining band, of which the top one on each side is also that which attaches the neckguard to the skull. Each simulated lame is decorated at its upper edge with a single incised line and at its centre with an embossed simulated rivet except for the last which is decorated with three such simulated rivets in a triangular formation. It is painted black overall except for the comb, the main edges of the neckguard and peak, the staple, and all the rivets which show traces of gold paint. (IV.1366 is similarly decorated). Near the main edge of the centre of the neckguard is a suspension hole.


Dimensions: Skull width: 19.3 cm ( 7.6 in), Skull depth: 23.2 cm ( 9.1 in), Overall depth: 38.1 cm (15.0 in) Weight: 1.650 kg ( 3 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

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