English Civil Wars period by which time, pike phalanx tactics had been finely honed in the Thirty Years' War. Pike formations were used defensively to protect musketeers from cavalry as well as infantry, and as offensively to run over infantry who were defenseless, so long as the formation held up. This example of standard pattern as produced for the Tower, but superior quality, probably made for an officer. Two piece construction with rolled edge, sunk border brim with a line of rivets. Line bordered domed skull with a row of liner rivets to the base. Rolled comb. Crafted to the finest standard with well-polished surface retaining nearly all of its original blued finish, partly turned to glossy brown. The best example we have ever offered.