Object Title

Close helmet

Close helmet

Date

1610-1620

Object Number

IV.911

Provenance

Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, H38.

Physical Description

The skull is made of two pieces, joined by rivets at the rear and in a comb over the top. Its main edge, at the brow, has an inward turn bordered by a single incised line, and a row of fourteen lining rivets all round. At the neck is a narrow flange, to which a rear gorget plate, embossed to simulate two lames, is attached by two modern rivets. The main edge has an inward turn bordered by ten lining rivets, six with square internal washers. At the right is a plain swivel hool engaging a mushroom headed stud on the bevor.


The lower bevor is pivoted at either side of the skull. It has a pronounced chin, rounded face opening, and straight upper edges. The main edge has an inward turn bordered by a single incised line and eight lining rivets. At the right is a swivel hook for retaining the upper bevor. At the neck is a narrow flange, to which a front gorget plate is attatched by two modern rivets. It has a medial point, and a main edge with an inward turn bordered by a single incised line and thirteen lining rivets of which eleven survive, six with square internal washers.


The visor and upper bevor are restored. The visor covers most of the brow, embossed for the comb at the centre, with a pair of sights outlined by single incised lines. Below these is a substantial, flanged step, with a heavy lifting peg at the right. The bevor is prow shaped, its main edges having inward turns bordered by single incised lines. It is pierced at either side with twenty-one breaths, in two conjoined lozenge rosettes. It has a slot at the top right for the lifting peg, and a mushroom headed stud at the lower right.


The skull is severely corroded, and much of it is missing, with three large internal repairs. There are two rivet holes in the comb, one containing a rivet.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall Height: 34 cm ( 13.4 in), Overall Width: 25.6 cm ( 10.1 in), Overall Depth: 30.8 cm ( 12.2 in), Weight: 2.3 kg ( 5 lb 0 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

none visible.

Associations

Places Flanders

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, Vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 73.

Notes

In 1985 in the Great Hall, E wall, centre.