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Pikeman’s Armour

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pikeman's armour

Pikeman’s Armour. English, about 1625 (II.113)

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    Pikeman’s Armour. English, about 1625 (II.113)

  • monochrome newspaper illustration of an armoured figure on horseback

    Figure of King James II in the Horse Armoury, The Penny Magazine, 1840.

  • Pikeman’s Armour

    Pikeman’s Armour. English, about 1625 (II.112)

  • LOK II.114

    Pikeman’s Armour. English, about 1625-30 (II.114)

  • Pikeman II.115

    Pikeman's armour. English, London, about 1630 (II.115)

Statistics

Object Provenance:
English, about 1625–30
Object Number: II.113, IV.272

Pikeman’s Armour

Description

The armour is composite. It comprises a broad-brimmed pot, a gorget, breastplate with solid plate tassets and backplate. The pot is one of the early group of pots decorated with a band of embossed scallops and a medial rib between two rows of decorative rivets at the base of the skull, It is stamped with the crowned IR for the Tower arsenal during the reign of James II.

The gorget is a plain one, made in two pieces joined by a rivet at the left and fastened with a stud and keyhole slot at the right. The breastplate has permanently attached tassets, each made in one piece and embossed to simulate seven lames. The breastplate is stamped C at the neck for the maker, possibly Richard Cox of London, has a crowned IR Tower arsenal mark and a large, crude WD mark, and has a construction mark, four wedges, inside. The backplate is of the same series, plain and stamped with a crowned IR; the shoulder straps are modern.

The armour was displayed on a wooden cross between two of the mounted figures in the 19th century Line of Kings.

Tower arsenal, Hewitt 1859, 16, II.80; Dillon 1910, 172, II.95

Statistics

Object Provenance:
English, about 1625–30
Object Number: II.113, IV.272

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