Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot

Date

1640

Object Number

IV.1282

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Bowyer Tower AS 90 (1988)

Physical Description

It has a hemispherical border 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 with a sunkebn border containing twenty three round headed lining rivets, all but the fourth from the front at the left with square internal washers retaining fragments of canvas lining band. The base of the skull and the comb are bordered by double and single incised lines respectively. Within the former, at either side of the skull, is a pair of rivets of the same type, retaining fragments of leathers for the missing cheekpieces. Low at the rear of the skull is a plain, narrow, plume holder, attached to the skull by a rivet in a lateral extension at either side. It is painted aluminium. The rear of the brim is slightly damaged, and has a crude suspension hole. At either side of the brim is a suspension hole.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall Width: 26.0 cm (10.2 in), Overall depth: 40.4 cm (15.9 in), Skull width: 18.1 cm (7.1 in), Skull depth: 24.0 cm (9.4 in) Weight: 1.49 kg ( 3 lb 4.75 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the rear of the brim with a pearled A for the maker, and at the front of the brim with a crowned IR for the Arsenal of James II.