Object Title

Helmet (top)

Helmet (top)



Object Number



Formerly in the Tower Collection lent to the British Museum in 1914 and returned to the Tower 1954

Physical Description

Of unusually large size with deep hemispherical bowl with a medial ridge running from front to back. At the apex is a fluted and gold damascended quadrangular spike surmounting a moulded and facetted shank and screwed into the bowl through a domed boss. To the front in the brow region are riveted a sliding nasal and pair of lateral plume tubes all damascened with gold, the nasal holder being hinged to allow its removal. The lower border is damascened with a band of scroll foliage and flowers, the petals being a paler shade of gold. The fine curtain of butted mail is worked with a trellis pattern in brass rings with a central diamond in each lozenge. It is made in two parts joined at the back, each half having a point at each end separated by a straight section giving four points in all. The quilted lining of crimson velvet is sewn up from eight triangular gores and is bordered by a narrow band of green velvet. It retains its original braid chin ties woven from red and yellow warps to give a striped effect, a narrow border each side in blue and white.


Dimensions: The skull measures 235 mm from front to back, 231 mm from side to side and is 140 mm deep. Weight: the weight of thje helmet is 2.1 kg.

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