Object Title

Harquebusier's pot

Harquebusier's pot

Date

1650

Object Number

II.232 A

Provenance

Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

The skull is made in two pieces joined in a low comb terminating above the edge at the front and rear. The edge is inwardly turned, and bordered by eight lining rivets, of which the four for the cheekpieces are modern. Those on the left retain a section of original canvas lining band. The neckguard is embossed to simulate three lames. It flares to the neck and has a medial point. It is attached to the skull by a rivet at either side. The main edge is inwardly turned and bordered by seven lining rivets with square washers, retaining much of the original canvas lining band. The peak is flat with a medial point, and has a level flange embossed for the comb, and pivoted to the skull at either temple. A triple bar faceguard is attached, made of rectangular section bars with a finial at the base. Modern cheekpieces are fitted. The point of the neckguard is damaged, and has three drilled holes where a bracket was once attached.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 335 mm, width 200 mm, depth 400 mm Weight: 1.715 kg

Inscriptions and Marks

Combined HK for the maker, Henry Keene, on the peak, and a small cross of St George on the neckguard. A construction mark of 6 wedges is inside each element.