Object Title

Close helmet

Close helmet



Object Number



Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

It comprises a skull with a nape-lame, a skull-reinforce, a visor and a bevor with nape-lame. Due to the shape of the visor, it is known as a 'sparrows' beak' helmet. The visor and bevor are secured by a pivot at either side of the brow. The bevor is attached to the skull by a swivel-hook. The sight is formed by a gap between the lower edge of the brow-reinforce and the upper edge of the visor. There are numerous breathing holes below the 'beak' flange of the visor.



OverallHeight285 mm
OverallWeight3.52 kg
OverallWidth172 mm

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate LXXXIX. Treasures from the Tower in the Kremlin, London 1997, no16, p.176

G Rimer, T Richardson and J P D Cooper, Henry VIII: arms and the man, Leeds, 2009, p.223


The single gorget plate at front and rear, are both associated and are of mid to late 16th century date.