Object Title

Helmet (top)

Helmet (top)

Date

1771-1799

Object Number

XXVIA.87

Provenance

Presented by the East India Company, 1851.

Physical Description

This helmet has a low, circular, semi-spherical crown surmounted by a fluted quadrangular spike. The surface is divided into quarters by low chiselled ribs terminating in scrolls and strapwork and a band of scroll foliage and flowers in gold koftgari encircles the lower edge. A sliding nasal and two plume tubes are attached at the front and the leaf shaped terminals of the nasal bear the inscriptions 'Oh! Muhammad, oh! God, he (God)' and 'He (God), help (of God), speedy victory oh! mighty one.'
The rather short curtain of mail of small brass and iron rivetted and welded rings is cut square at the lower edge except for a triangular point at the centre of the back.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The diameter of the bowl is 202 mm, the overall height being 475 mm. Weight: The weight of the helmet is 1.07 kg.

Associations

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.109, p.97.

W. Egerton, An illustrated handbook of Indian arms, London, 1880, no. 587

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.462, p.7.

D, Nicolle, Mughul India 1504-1761, Osprey Men-at-Arms 263, London, 1993, p. 46.