Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot



Object Number



Bowyer Tower AC3 (1988)

Physical Description

It has a high, hemispherical skull, with a narrow, 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 slightly in height at its apex, is turned to the left, while the brim has a plain inward turn accompanied by a single incised line forming a border containing fourteen round headed lining rivets with square, internal washers, the rearmost of which also has a square external washer, probably added later. The base of the skull is encircled by fourteen round headed rivets of which two at each side have square, internal washers retaining fragments of the connecting leathers for the missing cheekpieces. Riveted at the nape is a tapering iron plume holder, pierced with a medial hole near its top, and having roughly rounded arms. The rear of the peak has two large corroded holes. The front of the brim is crudely pierced with a later suspension hole, and two further holes, of which the right one retains the fragment of a rivet, are pierced above it, just below the base of the skull. Bright, pitted.


Dimensions: Overall Width: 23.8 cm ( 9.3 in), Overall Depth: 34.0 cm ( 13.3 in), Skull Width: 18.6 cm ( 7.3 in), Skull Depth: 22.7 cm ( 8.9 in) Weight: 1.14 kg ( 2 lb 8.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

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


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