Object Title

Pikeman's pot

Pikeman's pot



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Formerly on loan 28 to Manchester City Art Gallery; Loan 240 to Victoria and Albert Museum, 1989.

Physical Description

It has a high, hemispherical skull with a broad, integral brim, turned down and narrowing to either side. It is made in two pieces joined in a low comb which expands to the centre and is turned to the right, and riveted at the brim. The main edge has a plain, inward turn with a sunken border once containing sixteen round headed lining rivets with square washers, of which one at the centre right is missing. An extra rivet is added just in front of the middle left one. The base of the skull and the comb are bordered by single incised lines. At either side of the skull is a modern cheedpiece attached on leathers by two modern rivets. At the rear of the skull is a plum holder, witha pointed top, two holes towards the base, and a rectangular arm at either side by which it is riveted to the skull.

It is black from the hammer and pitted. At the front and the rear of the brim are suspension holes, and at the rear beside the skull is a crudely pierced pair of holes.


Dimensions: Height: 23.0 cm (9.1 in), Overall Width: 27.2 cm ( 10.9 in.), Overall Depth: 39.8 cm ( 15.7 in.), Skull Width: 18.0 cm ( 7.2 in.), Skull Depth: 22.4 cm ( 8.9 in.) Weight: 1.66 kg ( 3 lb 10.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the front of the brim is W for the maker and, very lightly, G. At the centre right of the brim is a crowned IR for the Arsenal of James II. Label attached inscribed 'H.M. Tower of London, Loan 28....'