Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot



Object Number



Tower arsenal, sent on loan 184 to South Africa in 1920 and returned to the Armouries on 15/7/1991.

Physical Description

The skull is made in two halves joined in a low, medial comb turned to the right and terminating a little above its lower edge where it is riveted on the inside. The main edge has a plain inward turn and is bordered by twelve lining rivets of which the rearmost on each side is missing and two each side are modern, with internal square copper washers and retaining fragments of later connecting leathers for the missing cheekpieces. All except the modern rivets are externally flush. At the apex of the skull, to the right of the comb, is a small later hole.
A one-piece neckguard, embossed to simulate three lames, is attached to the skull by a modern domed rivet at right and left. It flares out slightly to its obtusely pointed end. Its main edge has plain inward turns accompanied by a recessed border within which are nine domed lining rivets of which three each side and the rivet at the point have internal square washers retaining fragments of the leathers. Each simulated lame has a skeuomorphic domed rivet at either side, forming a vertical row of three, with an additional double row in the centre having a single rivet below it. To the right of the rivet at the point is a crudely pierced wiring hole. The neckguard is accociated.
A peak is attached to the skull by a pivot at either side. It is medially pointed with plain inward-turned edges. Its upward flanged rear edge forming the arms of the peak is shaped to the skull and base of the comb. Riveted to the rear of the peak is a triple-bar faceguard, made of bars of rectangular section, welded together at the base. The central bar has a semi-circular washer on the upper surface of the peak.
The right hand side of the skull has two internal square repairs each secured by an externally flush rivet. There is a nick in the comb at the apex.
It is painted black externally, some of which is flaking .


Dimensions: Max. skull width: 18.8cm (7.4in), Max. skull depth: 23.9cm (9.4in), Overall depth: 35.6cm (14in), Faceguard height: 18.8cm (7.4in) Weight: 2.01kg. (4lb 6.75oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped IL for the maker. At the rear edge of the skull, in yellow paint is painted: L65/880. On the left side of the inside of the neckguard is painted in white paint: L65/880. To the right is painted in faded yellow paint: 37(?)3 crossed through with yellow paint.


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