Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot

Date

1630

Object Number

IV.1305

Provenance

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

Physical Description

Two rivet type. It has a high, hemispherical skull with a fairly broad integral brim turned down at the sides. It is made in two halves joined at the skull in a low comb, and at the brim with rivets. The comb which increases 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 twenty round headed rivets of which all but the fourth from the front at the left are preserved. Every other rivet was originally fitted with a square, internal washer of which eight are still preserved. The skull is decorated around its base and to either side of the comb with a single, incised line. On either side of the skull, at its base is a pair of round headed rivets with square, internal washers retaining fragments of the connecting leathers for the missing cheekpieces. Attached by a pair of round headed rivets at the nape is a small, iron plume holder of tapering form, pierced at the top with a single decorative hole, and having obtusely pouinted arms. The front of the brim is partly split and has been crudely pierced with two large suspension holes, and further back, near the base of the skull with two smaller holes. The rear of the brim also has a crude, broken out hole. Painted silver.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall Width: 24.5 cm ( 9.6 in), Overall depth: 37.7 cm ( 14.8 in), Skull width: 16.9 cm ( 6.6 in), Skull depth: 23.1 cm ( 9.1 in), Weight: 1.37 kg ( 3 lb 0 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The border of the right side of the brim is struck with an indistinct mark, possibly the crowned IR cypher of James II.

Associations

Places England