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Part of the loan 199 to the National Portrait Gallery April, 1968 to April 1986.

Physical Description

The skull is made of two pieces, joined in a low comb turned to the right, terminating above the edge. The edge is half inwrdly turned and bordered by five domed headed rivets with square internal washers and two for each of the missing cheekpieces. The neckguard flares to the neck, and has a medial point. It is embossed to simulate three lames. The main edge is inwardly turned and bordered by seven domed headed lining rivets with square internal washers. The peak is rounded with a medial point and has a level flange embossed for the comb and pivoted to the skull at either temple. A triple face guard is attached, made of rectangular section bars witha a finial at the base.

All the surfaces have a brown patina and have been blued and lacquered.


Dimensions: Skull height: 20.2 cm ( 7.9 in), Skull width: 19.6 cm ( 7.8 in), Overall depth: 40.0 cm ( 15.7 in), Bowl: 18.2 x 23.4 cm ( 7.2 x 9.2 in) Weight: 1.650 kg ( 3 lb 8.5oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

At the base of the neckguard is stamped a helmeted A for the Armourers Company of London, and a fleur-de-lys over RK for the maker. Inside the neckguard, skull and peak are incised an X and six triangular punch marks.


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