Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot

Date

1640

Object Number

IV.1287

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Bowyer Tower AS 90 (1988)

Physical Description

It has a hemispherical skull with an integral brim, narrowing and turned down at either side. It is made in two pieces joined in a low comb, expanding to the centre and turned to the right, and riveted at the brim. The main edge has a plain, inward turn with a sunken border once containing twenty round headed lining rivets with squarish internal washers, retaining fragments of a canvas lining band. The rear rivet is missing, and the third washer from the front at the left is missing. The base of the skull is encircled by a single incised line, on which, slightly to the rear at either side, is a pair of rivets of the same type for the leathers of the missing cheekpieces. Low at the rear of the skull is a small, narrow plume holder attached by a rivet in a narrow, obtusely pointed arm at either side. It is painted aluminium. There is a small dent, pierecd through at the left, at either side of the skull. The front and rear of the brim are damaged, and at the left of the brim is a pierced hole.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall Width: 27.0 cm ( in), Overall depth: 40.5 cm ( in), Skull width: 18.1 cm ( in), Skull depth: 25.0 cm ( in) Weight: 1.365 kg ( 3 lb 0.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the rear of the brim with a pearled A for the maker, and at the front with an illegible mark, probably a crowned IR for the Arsenal of James II. Inscribed in chalk inside 'TAYLOR'.

Associations

Places England