Object Title





Object Number



Bowyer Tower, AS 75 1989

Physical Description

It has a skull, made in two pieces, with an integral peak and a shallow seperate neckguard. The skull is hemispherical, the pieces joined in a low comb turned to the right and riveted at the base and at the peak. The narrow section of the lower edge of the skull between peak and neckguard is plain, and bordered by a pair of round headed rivets with square washers retaining fragments of the leathers for the missing cheekpieces; the rearmost of these also serve to secure the neckguard and beside them is a rivet hole at either side for the original neckguard. The cut out for the cheekpieces extends behind the neckguard at either side. The peak is shallow, slightly turned down with rounded sides and an obtuse medial point. The edge has a plain, inward turn with a sunken border. At the rear of the peak is a rectangular slot for the missing nasal. Above this, on the skull, are the remains of two rivets for the missing nasal staple. Above the peak is a row of six lining rivets with round heads and square washers. The neckguard, which may be a contemporary replacement, is made in one piece, with rounded sides and a sharp medial point, and is embossed to simulate three lames. The main edge has a plain, inward turn with a recessed border containing nine rivets of the above type. The edges of the embossed lames are bordered by single incised lines. The neckguard is further ornamented by a vertical row of rivets at either side and a double row at the centre, the latter terminating at the base in a downward pointing triangle of three; one of the latter has a square washer. The comb is accomodated in a crude, V-shaped nick at the centre of the upper edge. It is painted black. The right of the skull has two dents, and the point of the neckguard is damaged.


Dimensions: Skull height: 16.0 cm (6.3 in), Skull width: 17.0 cm ( 6.7 in), Skull depth: 20.9 cm (8.2 in), Overall depth: 32.4 cm ( 12.8 in), Weight: 0.94 kg ( 2 lb 1 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the right of the peak with an illegible mark, possibly a crowned IR for the Arsenal of James II.


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