Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot



Object Number



Purchased from Christie's, 8 King Street, St James's, London, Fine Antique Arms and Armour sale, 20 February 1991, Lot 60 (illustrated). The helmet is believed to have been placed in the sale by Peter Finer who had earlier obtained it from Huw Kennedy. According to a reliable source, it came from the Royal Armoury, Madrid. It was offered for sale by Galerie Fischer, Luzerne, 12 November 1984, lot 33 (plate 1), and again on 28 May 1985, lot 31 (plate 11)

Physical Description

Two piece skull with integral brim, joined in concealed joint. Decorated with thirty two ribs. Fitted with finial and brass knob. Russet.


Dimensions: Overall Width: 27.3 cm (10.4 in) Overall Depth: 37.7 cm (14.9 in) Skull Width: 18.3 cm (6.9 in) Skull Depth: 21.7 cm (8.5 in) Weight: 1.4 kg (3 lb 1.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Flanders

Bibliographic References

Walter J. Karcheski, Jr., 'Notes on a Newly-Identified Armour by the Flemish Master 'MP', in the Smith Art Museumm Springfield, MA', Journal of the Arms and Armour Society, Vol.XI, No.6, December 1985, p.307.


The helmet can be compared to A417 in the Royal Armoury, Madrid, presented to Philip IV of Spain by the Infanta Isabel Eugenia (Conde de Valencia de Don Juan, 'Catalugo Historico-Descriptico de la Real Armeria de Madrid', Madrid, 1898, p.114, fig.67). It closely relates to a group of armours and detached pieces marked by the Flemish Master 'MP' (Karcheski, op.cit.,pp.307-14).
The helmet appears to be by the same hand as IV.856.