Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot



Object Number



Bowyer Tower AS 73 (1988)

Physical Description

It has a high, hemispherical skull with a narrow, integral brim turned down at the sides. 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 thirteen round headed lining rivets with square internal washers retaining fragments of the lining band. The base of the skull is encircled by fourteen round headed rivets of which two on each side, a little rear of centre, have square, internal washers retaining fragments of the connecting leathers for the missing cheekpieces. The nape is pierced with a pair of rivet holes for attaching the missing plume holder. The front, left of the brim is pierced with a large suspension hole. Both the front and the rear of the brim are slightly damaged, and the skull exhibits a number of dents on each side. Painted black.


Dimensions: Overall width: 23.6 cm ( 9.3 in), Overall depth: 33.4 cm (13.1 in), Skull width: 17.8 cm ( 7.0 in), Skull depth: 22.3 cm ( 8.9 in) Weight: 1.44 kg ( 3 lb 2.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The centre of the left side of the brim is struck with an indistinct mark, probably the crowned IR cypher of James II.


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