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Presented 1947. From an 'altgrõfischen R³stkammer', sold J M Heberte, K÷ln, 5-7 December 1892 lot 3, illustrated following p. 22, formerly in the Whawell collection.

Physical Description

The skull has a low roped comb, at either side of which are pairs of holes for securing the lining. The main edges of the skull and cheekpieces have a roped embossed flange intended to turn on the collar. The cheekpieces are hinged to the skull towards the rear and secured at the front with a stud and swivel hook. Each is pierced with a rosette of holes for hearing, and the right one has a sprung stud for securing the upper bevor. This is prow-shaped and pierced on the right side with 14 extended keyhole-shaped breaths. The visor has two sights and a cusped upper edge. It is secured to the upper bevor by a turning pin at the right which also serves as a lifting peg.


Dimensions: height 271 mm, width 250 mm, depth 300 mm Weight: 7 lb 7 oz

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Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate XC d.


Compare the form of several armets and close helmets from the Helmschmid workshop, that of the Oak leaf armour (Madrid A49), Madrid A149, the Fleur-de-lys armour (Madrid A73) and the Muhlberg armour (Madrid A164-187) all of Charles V. For the Stech identification, see the early 'Stech kiris' in the Sorg album (Becker, Gamber and Irtenkauf 1980: 48-52). Compare a very similar helmet in Sherbourne St John, Hampshire.