Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot

Date

1630

Object Number

IV.1283

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 90 (1988).

Physical Description

Two rivet type. It has a hemispherical skull with a broad, integral brim turned down at each side. It is made in two halves, joined at the skull in a low, medial 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 containing nineteen round headed rivets with square, internal washers. The skull is encircled, near the base, with a pair of incised lines. Within these lines, at either side of the skull, 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 rivets at the nape is a tapering iron plume holder with obtusely pointed arms. The front of the brim is pierced, just in front of the skull, with a pair of rivet(?) holes. The front and rear of the brim have been crudely pierced in the border with later suspension holes. Another, square suspension hole has been pierced in the border on the left side of the brim. The border of the brim has rusted through at three places on trhe right, and at one place towards the rear of the left side. The front right of the brim has been bent down severly by a blow. Painted black.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall Width: 27.3 cm (10.7 in), Overall depth: 39.0 cm (15.3 in), Skull width: 19.0 cm (7.5 in), Skull depth: 21.6 cm (8.5 in) Weight: 1.52 kg ( 3 lb 5.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Deeply struck in the border of the right side of the brim with an indistinct mark, probably the crowned IR cypher of James II.

Associations

Places England