Object Title





Object Number



Bowyer Tower, AS 75 1989

Physical Description

It has a two piece skull with an integral peak and a seperable neckguard. The skull is hemispherical, the pieces joined in a flush riveted seam, without a comb. The edges of the skull at the either side have partial inward turns, above which at the left is a pair of round headed rivets with square washers retaining fragments of leathers for the missing cheekpieces; between these is the rivet for the neckguard. At the right, the rear rivet held both cheekpiece leather and neckguard. The peak is shallow, slightly down turned, with rounded corners and a medial point. Its main edge has a plain, inward turn with a sunken border. At the rear of the peak is an irregular quadrangular hole for the missing nasal. Above the peak is a row of six round headed lining rivets with square internal washers retaining rather clean fragments of canvas lining band. The central pair is slightly offset, and intended for a nasal staple, but the present rivets cannot have secured one. The neckguard flares slightly to the neck, with rounded corners and a medial point. It is attached by the above mentioned rivet at either side, and is embossed to simulate four lames. The main edge has a plain, inward turn with a recessed border containing nine lining rivets of the above type. The upper edges of the simulated lames are bordered by single, incised lines. No plume holder was fitted. It is covered in greenish lacquer. There is a pierced suspension hole at the point of the neckguard. The skull is dented in several places, and the junction of the skull and peak is corroded through at the right. The peak is also cracked at the right.


Dimensions: Skull height: 15.0 cm (6.0 in), Skull width: 18.7 cm ( 7.4 in), Skull depth: 23.0 cm (9.2 in), Overall depth: 34.4 cm ( 13.6 in), Weight: 0.985 kg ( 2 lb 2.75 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck right through with an illegible crowned IR for the arsenal of James II at the left of the peak.


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