Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot



Object Number



Bowyer Tower AS 90 (1988)

Physical Description

It has a hemispherical skull with a broad, 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 left, and riveted at the brim. The main edge has a plain, inward turn bordered by an embossed rib; outside the latter is a row of twenty eight lining rivets, of which fourteen are decorative, and fourteen are lining rivets, all but one having a square washer; inside the rib was a row of twenty eight decorative rivets, of which the one at the front is missing. The base of the skull is encircled by a broad recessed band with a medial rib and an upward point at the centre at either side, bordered at its upper edge by double incised lines. The comb is also boprdered by double incised lines. The rib is bordered above and below by twenty two rivets, of which a pair towards the rear at either side have square washers for the leathers of the missing cheekpieces: the rest are decorative. Attached by a single rivet at the front is a narrow plume holder with one rectangular arm with cropped corners. It is painted aluminium. The seam at the front of the brim is split open and cracked through to a pierced suspension hole. At either side of the base of the skull is a pierced hole. There are two pierced holes at the left of the brim and one at the right.


Dimensions: Overall Width: 29.5 cm (11.6 in), Overall depth: 42.4 cm (16.7 in), Skull width: 18.2 cm (7.2 in), Skull depth: 21.0 cm (8.3 in) Weight: 1.55 kg ( 3 lb 6.75 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the left of the brim with an illegible crowned IR for the Arsenal of James II.


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