Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot

Date

1630

Object Number

IV.1307

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 89 (1989).

Physical Description

It has a hemispherical skull with a wide integral brim turned down at each side. It is made in two halves joined at the skull in a medial comb and at the brim with two rivets at either end of which all but the front are missing. The wide 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, possibly originally cotaining thirty four lining rivets, of which one at the front has been punched out for suspension and three at the rear are missing when the metal has broken away from the turning wire. The lining rivets have alternating square washers of whichone at the front is missing. The base of the skull is encircled by twenty lining rivets, of which two at the left and two at the right are missing, and one at the left with square internal washers also retain fragments of the connecting leathers for one of the missing cheekpieces. The skull is decorated around its base and around its comb by a double incised line. Low at the rear of the skull is a plume holder of plain truncated conical form attached by two rivets on lateral extensions. At the centre left of the skull is a small crudely pierced hole of intermediate function.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall Width: 28.5 cm (11.3 in), Overall depth: 41.0 cm (16.1 in), Skull width: 19.2 cm (7.6 in), Skull depth: 23.1 cm ( 9.1in), Weight: 1.43 kg ( 3 lb 2.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

A large M for the maker is stamped at the rear left of the brim, and next to this an obscure crowned IR.

Associations

Places England