Object Title

Helmet

Helmet

Date

1600-1699

Object Number

XXVIA.149

Provenance

Ownership uncertain, see AL.8. Deposited by Lord Hardinge of Penshurst, 1955.

Physical Description

At the apex of the skull is a domed plate supporting a smaller flower shaped plate and a plume tube. Connected to the rim of this plate by bands of mail are 9 segmental plates, each decorated with applied engrailed strips having their outer edges rolled. These are rivetted somewhat back from the edge of the main plate to leave space for the mail linking holes. The two segments on either side of the front also carry plume tubes, all of which are provided with short sticks bound with thread and ending in tinsel plumes. Below the segmants are 6 curved rectangular plates encircling the brow, also bordered by applied strips. The rear two have been permanently riveted together whilst the front two retain parts of a fitting that probably held a nasal. Fastened to the lower edge on each side are ear plates, roughly shield shaped with embossed centres. To the front edge of these are plates covering the temple whilst a long triangular mail neck guard hangs at the back. All of the mail connecting the plates is of good quality and made up from both rivetted and weld links. The mail formingthe neck guard is of smaller irregular links. Inside the skull is a lining cap of quilted and wadded cloth covered with red velvet.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The height of the skull is approximately 250 mm, the overall height being 520 mm. Weight: The weight of the helmet is 1.2 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Bibliographic References

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