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Pikeman's Armour - A-370 Pikeman's Armour - A-370-straight-helmet-angled Pikeman's Armour - A-370-straight-helmet-straight Pikeman's Armour - A-370-right-angle

Pikeman's Armour Mid 17th c.

Consisting of a pot, collar, breast with tassets and back. Breast, back and tassets well matched. Consisting of item number A-370-a, item number A-370-b, item number A-370-c and item number A-370-d.

Pikeman's Pot: Of typical form. Two piece skull secured by a rolled seam on a short comb at the top of the skull and an overlap in the brim and base of the skull. Decorated with a double line of engraved lines above and below the rivets along the lower edge of the skull. There is a single engraved line paralleling the comb. Wide brim turned down slightly at the sides. Edge of the brim with a plain inward turned roll (over wire) and recessed border. Brim marked at the rear with a cross of St. George. This appears to be a government mark from the period of the Commonwealth. There is a line of rivets for lining strips along the base of the skull and at the edge of the brim. There is a plain iron plume holder riveted to the back of the skull. The body of the skull and brim are covered in relatively rough grind or file marks. The pattern indicates that they may be from the original "bright" finish. The brim with a some later holes. Likely covered in older varnish or other coating.

Gorget: One plate front and back. Each plate flared at the neck to form a short integral collar. Plain inward turn at the neck. Lower edge with an inward turned roll with a parallel recessed border. The front plate drawn out to a point at the center. Rear plate more rounded in form but with a small point at the center.

Breastplate with tassets: Low medial ridge extending to a blunt point above a wide flare at the waist to carry tassets. Pegs and hooks to engage the terminal plates of straps attached to the backplate. Struck at the neck with a crowned IR mark (James II armoury mark) and armourer's mark "IW" possibly that of Joseph Whorewood or John Wright. Marked on the interior of the waist with X I X formed by chisel marks. Tassets each of one plate embossed to simulate multiple plates. Decorated with rivets. Each secured to the breastplate by a pair of hinges.

Backplate: Formed to the shoulders. Narrow flare at the waist. Rolls at the neck, arms and base of the flare. Marked with 'IR' and 'IC' marks possibly by John Collins.


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