Object Title

Jousting helm

Jousting helm



Object Number



Transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, Woolwich, 1927. From the Brocas collection. Purchaased at the Brocas sale for £6, the purchaser presented to the Richmond museum, and when the collection was broken up it passed into the hands of Mr.Harrod, secretary of the Norfolk Archaelogical Society. From him it passed to Mr.Bayfield, of Norwich, and was stated to have been used as a model for part of the decoration of the 'Norwich' gates at Sandringham. In 1864 it was purchased by General Lefroy for the Rotunda. -( Country Life, C. Foulkes, 'The rotunda museum, Woolwich, and the Armouries of the tower of London.)

Physical Description

Composed of three plates, front, back and skull, fastened together by large, brass-capped rivets. The back and skull plates are pierced with pairs of holes for the laces of the lining cap. The front and rear plates spread outwards over the back and chest, and have iron charnels for securing the helm in position. The front charnel is a strong, hinged plate pierced with twelve oblong holes in pairs, arranged to fit over staples on the breastplate. The rear charnel is a large, rectangular buckle with three bars of descending thickness through which the strap from the backplate was passed.


Dimensions: height: 605 mm (23.9 in); width: 300 mm (11.8 in.); depth: 415 mm (16.4 in.) Weight: 10.215 kg (23 lb)

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Bibliographic References

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

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 88

G Rimer, T Richardson and J P D Cooper, Henry VIII: Arms and the Man, Leeds, 2009,p.128-129

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011, volume 1