Object Title





Object Number



Purchased from the Bernal collection, sold Christie's, 28 March 1855, lot 2701. Previously in the collection of Thomas Rawle.

Physical Description

The skull has a roped comb and a hollow roped lower edge to fit the gorget. The visor has two sights, and a stud for locking it shut. The bevor is pierced with numerous breaths at the right, and has a peg for the grandguard. It is locked to the visor by a long L-shaped hook which engages the stud, and is secured in position by a spring catch. A second spring catch secures the bevor to the cheekpiece. The cheekpieces are hinged to the skull and fastened together by a stud and swivel-hook at the chin. The skull is lined with thick felt. The helmet is decorated with bands of etched and gilt strapwork joined by linked quatrefoils.


Dimensions: height: 276 mm; width: 196 mm; depth: 343 mm Weight: 3.65 kg

Inscriptions and Marks


Bibliographic References

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

Ian Eaves, The Greenwich armour and locking-gauntlet of Sir Henry Lee in the collection of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers, Journal of the Arms and Armour Society 16.3 (September 1999), 133-164

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011 volume 2


Sir Henry Lee, KG (1530-1610) was Master of the Ordnance and Clerk of the Armoury, as well as acting as the Queen's personal champion 1559-90. Other parts of the armour are in the Livrustkammaren, Stockholm, the burgonet, buffe, half shaffron and leg defences, while the locking gauntlet is in the collection of the Armourers and Braziers Company, presented in 1768 by M Carter.