Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot

Date

1630

Object Number

IV.1311

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 89, 1989.

Physical Description

Two rivet type. It has a high hemispherical skull with a wide integral brim turned down slightly at each side. It is made in two halves joined at the skull in a medial comb and at the brim with rivets of which the one at the front is missing. The low comb, which increases slightly in height at its apex, is turned to the left while the brim has a plain inward turn accompanied by a recessed border originally containing nineteen lining rivets of which two at the front are missing where the metal has broken away from the turning wire. The lining rivets have square internal washers of which one at the front right and one at the rear left are missing. The base of the skull is decorated by a single incised line where there are two rivets at either side with square internal washers for the attatchment by the connecting leathers of the missing cheekpieces. Low at the rear of the skull is a plume holder of plain truncated conical form attatched by two rivets on lateral extensions. It is painted black overall. There is a large, crudely pierced hole probably for suspension at the front of the brim.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall width: 26.2 cm (10.4 in), Overall depth: 39.4 cm ( 15.5 in), Skull width: 18.0 cm ( 7.1 in), Skull depth: 22.3 cm ( 8.7 in) Weight: kg ( lb oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

A deeply struck mark at the centre right of the brim is probably a crowned IR for the James II cypher. On a brown paper tag atached to the rear of the helmet is: A15.

Associations

Places England