Object Title





Object Number



Bowyer Tower, AS 75 1989

Physical Description

It has a two piece skull with an integral peak. The hemispherical skull has a low medial comb turned to the left which terminates a little above its lower edge where at the rear it was originally riveted at the nape and at the front at the peak; both rivets are missing. The peak, which is of a broad, rounded obtusely pointed form, has a plain inward turn 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, skliding nasal bar originally passed. The nasal bar was originally locked by a wing headed screw inserted in a threaded hole in front of a rectangular staple of which only a rivet and a rivet hole at the centre of the brow remains. The base of the skull is encircled at the front and sides only by ten lining rivets with square internal washers of which one at the left is missing, while the rear two at either side were also for the attachment of the missing cheekpieces. At each side of the skull the main edge has a plain inward turn, a little above the rear of which is a rivet hole where the missing neckguard was attached. A later drilled hole at either side may have been for the attachment of a replacement neckguard. It uis lacquered green overall. At either side of the peak is a small suspension hole. Towards the base of the skull at the nape is a pair of rivet holes, possibly for the attachment of a plume holder.


Dimensions: Skull height: 17.6 cm ( 6.9 in), Skukll width: 24.3 cm ( 9.5 in), Overall depth: 30.5 cm ( 12.0 in) Weight: 0.955 kg ( 2 lb 1.75 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The left of the peak is struck with an indistinct mark, probably that of the James II cypher.


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