Object Title





Object Number



Bowyer Tower, AS 75 1989

Physical Description

It has a hemispherical skull with an integral peak, pierced with a slot for a nasal and a seperate neckguard. The skull is made in two pieces joined in a lower comb terminating above the edge, and riveted at the peak and rear. The peak has a blunt point and is rounded at either side. The main edge of the skull has a partial inward turn, continuing into that of the peak, which has a plain inward turn bordered by nine round headed decorative rivets. The base of the skull is bordered with nine round headed lining rivets with square washers retaining fragments of canvas lining band, the rearmost pair of which also retains fragments of the leathers for the missing cheekpieces. Above these, at the front, is a rivet and a matching hole for the missing nasal staple. The neckguard is shaped to the neck with parallel sides and a blunt point at the rear, and embossed to simulate four lames. It is attached by a rivet at either side, which also retained the lining band. Its main edge has a plain inward turn with a recessed border containing eleven lining rivets whose square washers retain a large fragment of lining band. It is decorated by three vertical rows of rivets, terminating in a diamond at the centre and a triangle at either side of the lowest 'lame'. Low at the rear of the skull is a plume holder, pointed at the top and pierced at either side, attached by a rivet in a long arm, with a rounded terminal and double piercing, at either side. It is painted black. There are several dents at either side of the skull. At the centre rear of the neckguard is a suspension hole.


Dimensions: Skull height: 15.5 cm ( 7.4 in), Skull width: 18.5 cm (7.4 in), Skull depth: 17.6 cm ( 7.0 in), Overall depth: 35.9 cm (14.1 in) Weight: 1.345 kg ( 2 lb 15.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

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


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