Royal Armouries

Pikeman’s Armour

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Pikeman II.115

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

  • Pikeman II.115

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

  • Pikeman’s Armour

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

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

  • LOK II.114

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

Pikeman’s Armour

Description

The armour is typical of the pikeman’s armours made in London just before the outbreak of the English Civil War. It comprises a broad-brimmed pot, a gorget, breastplate with solid plate tassets and backplate.

The pot is struck with the mark of the London armourer John Dawson. The gorget is also made in London, and has the mark probably used by George Locker. The breastplate is decorated with diamonds of brass rivets, but is unmarked.

The tassets are fitted with hinged hasps which allow them to be are detached, and have scalloped edges and decorative brass rivets, matching those on the breastplate. Though the tassets are much wider than the flange of the breastplate they are a good fit, and have been together for centuries if not in their working life. The backplate has the mark of the armourer Richard Wright

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.82; Dillon 1910, 172, II.97

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