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Old Tower Collection. Bowyer Tower

Physical Description

It has a two-piece skull with an integral peak and a separate neckgaurd. The ovoid skull is medially formed by six, originally seven, externally flush rivets, the right half overlapping the left. It is decorated with ten raised ribs which terminate well above its base, and radiate from its apex which is fitted with a short transversely pierced spherical finial screwed through a star-shaped washer with eight points. The peak which is of broad, rounded, obtusely pointed form is joined by a central rivet and has a plain inward turn accompanied by a shallow recessed border. The peak is pierced at its centre, at the base of the skull with a rectangular hole, through which the missing, sliding nasal bar originally passed. The nasal bar was locked by a wing-headed screw which is inserted in a threaded hole in the front of a rectangular staple attached by a pair of round-headed rivets at the centre of the brow. The base of the skull is encircled, at the front and sides only, by ten round-headed lining rivets, backed by square washers. Situated behind these rivets on either side is a rivet for connecting the now missing leather straps to the missing cheek-piece. Attached to the rearedge of the skull by a rivet immediately behind each of the latter is a onpieceneck-gaurd, embossed to simulate from lames, which curves down at each side to a central point. It has a plain-inward turn, accompanied by a recessed border containing fifteen lining rivets which retain fragments of the lining underneath. Each simulated lame is decorated by a pair of rivets at its centre and a single on either side. The top at each side secures the neck-gaurd to the skull. The left side of the peak has a square dent. There are several surface dents in the skull. The helmet is painted black.


Dimensions: skull width:20 cm (7.8 in.), skull depth:13 cm (5.0 in.), overall depth:26 cm (9.5 in.) Weight: 0.98 kg (2 lb 2.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Painted in yellow on the underside of the neck-guard is: 'Lb5/877' and '3722' painted in white and crossed-out in yellow.


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