Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot

Date

1645-1655

Object Number

IV.1631

Provenance

Old Tower stock, sent on loan 184 to South Africa in 1920, returned to the Armouries on 15/7/91

Physical Description

The skull is made in two halves medially joined and overlapping to the left, being secured by five flattened rivets. An internal oblong plate is secured by the rearmost rivet and by an additional flattened rivet at either side. The lower edge was originally bordered by sixteen domed lining rivets as far as the neckguard on either side. On both the left and right sides, from the front, the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 8th rivets have internal irregular square washers and retain fragments of the canvas lining band. The 3rd is a later flattened rivet. The 5th and 7th are later domed rivets additionally securing the connecting leathers of the later cheekpiece. These leathers are each secured to the cheekpiece at its upper edge by a flattened rivet with an internal square washer. The cheekpiece deepens to a rounded point, the lower part of the front edge cut back at a greater angle. The edges have plain partial turns. There is a second pair of flattened rivets half way down and a single rivet at the rounded point to which a leather loop for the chin ties is secured by a flattened rivet with internal square washer.


A one-piece neckguard, embossed to simulate two lames, has an upwardly flanked front edge which is attached to the skull via the rear lining rivet either side. It flares out slightly to its obtusely pointed end. Its main edges have plain inward turns accompanied by a recessed border within which are eleven domed lining rivets with internal square washers retaining fragments of the canvas lining band. The band itself survives between the 1st and 3rd rivets on the left.


An associated peak is attached to the skull by a pivot at either side, articulating on a flattened rivet. The right hand arm has lost its end end and been re-riveted slightly nearer the front. The peak is medially pointed with plain, inward turned edges. The upward flanged rear edge forming the arms of the peak is shaped for a central comb, suggesting the peak is associated. Riveted to the rear of the peak is a triple-bar faceguard, made of bars of rectangular section, welded together at the base.


The front left edge of the neckguard has broken out. The lower edge of the skull near the front of the left cheekpiece has slightly broken out.


It is painted black.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max. Skull Width: 17 cm (6.7 in) , Max. Skull Depth: 22.1 cm (8.7 in) , Overall Depth: 38.8 cm (15.25 in), Faceguard Height: 20 cm (7.9 in) Weight: 3.84 kg (8 lb 7.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On the inside front edge of the neckguard is painted in white paint: L65/881

Associations

Places England

Notes

The weight of the helmet suggests it has been made for siege use or for officers for protection when directing operations. Several helmets without a comb are similarly of greater weight than normal.