Object Title

Helmet (top)

Helmet (top)

Date

1700-1799

Object Number

XXVIA.58

Provenance

Presented by the East India Company, 1851.

Physical Description

The helmet consists of a low circular rounded bowl with a central plume tube with two other plume tubes on either side of the front. The sliding nasal has a loop and hook to hold it in the raised position. To the lower edge at back and sides is an aventail of fine butted mail worked with a pattern of horizontal zig-zag lines in brass rings.
The plume tubes, nasal and lower border of the skull are decorated with a repeat pattern of flowers in gold koftgari. There are three plumes made from silver gilt ribbon in the form of tassels, the upper central one having a spray of soft white feather tipped with tinsel above it.

Associations

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.78, p.97.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.243, p.34.