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Pot helmet: HEN.M.98-1933

Object information

Awaiting location update

Maker(s)

Production: Unknown (Possibly)

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Description

Pot helmet, for use by an harquebusier. Formed of a skull, a flat, obtusely-pointed peak, a sliding nasal-bar with a retaining staple and wing-headed locking-screw, a broad, obtusely-pointed neck-defence of four upward-overlapping lames, and a pair of pendant cheek-pieces. The one-piece hemispherical skull is decorated with six radiating ribs and a raised border at each side of its lower edge, and fitted at its apex with a pierced finial retaining a circular washer. The peak, which is attached to the brow of the skull by round-headed rivets, is pierced at its centre to receive the sliding nasal-bar which, together with its retaining staple and locking-screw, is a modern restoration.
The cheek-pieces, which are now detached, have concave front and rear edges that converge towards their lower ends. They are each pierced with seven ventilation-holes in a rosette-formation. The main edges of the peak, the neck-defence and the cheek-pieces have plain inward turns. The helmet retains substantial fragments of its leather lining-bands.

Notes

History note: Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex.

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 42.0 cm
Height: 29.0 cm
Weight: 1.59 kg
Width: 25.8 cm

Relative size of this object

25.8 cm29 cm42 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart

Dating

Mid 17th century
Production date: circa AD 1650

Note

The helmet is bright with moderately heavy pitting and patination overall.

Possibly German or Dutch

Components of the work

Lining-bands composed of leather ( fragments)
Border
Cheek-pieces
Parts
Skull Decoration

Materials used in production

Steel

Techniques used in production

Hammered : Formed of a skull, a flat, obtusely-pointed peak, a sliding nasal-bar with a retaining staple and wing-headed locking-screw, a broad, obtusely-pointed neck-defence of four upward-overlapping lames, and a pair of pendant cheek-pieces; hammered, shaped, riveted, with a recessed border and decorated with V-shaped nicks
Patinating
Formed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: three punched dots and two incised crosses

  • Location: Underside of peak to the left
  • Method of creation: Punched and incised
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: tag numbered '87'

  • Text: 87
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.98-1933
Primary reference Number: 18549
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 11 August 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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