Object Title

Close helmet

Close helmet



Object Number



Purchased from the collection of Sir Edward Barry, Sotheby's, 5 July 1965 lot 63 with the aid of the national Art Collection Fund. Formerly in the J Seymour Lucas collection, sold Christie's 27 May 1903 lot 60, said to come from a church in Cornwall.

Physical Description

The skull has a low comb and a deep brow reinforce with semicircular cut-outs at either side and embossed with star-shaped rosettes at the rear. The comb is pierced with two holes for the attachment of a crest. The visor has a single sight below which it is extended to a moderate point pierced with circular breaths above and five vertical slots below. The visor was originally detachable by removable pins, but modified to move on external pivots. It has a lifting peg at the right. The bevor has a single reinforcing plate riveted at the chin, the upper edge of which has a roped inward turn. Two gorget plates survive at the front; those at the rear are missing.


Dimensions: height 290 mm, width 220 mm, depth 270 mm Weight: 3.8kg (8 lb 6 oz)

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Bibliographic References

Baron de Cosson and William Burgess 'Catalogue of the exhibition of ancient helmets and examples of mail', The Archaeological Journal, 37.148, 1881: 455-597, no. 41 fig. 37


A V B Norman noted a very similar helmet in the Vleeshuis Museum, Antwerp (pencil note in IBE).