Object Title

Seige helmet

Seige helmet



Object Number



Bowyer Tower, 1993.

Physical Description

The skull is exceptionally heavy and made in two halves joined in a low, medial comb which terminates a distance above its lower edge, and secured at the brow with a single rivet and at the nape with two rivets, the top of which is now missing. The main edge was originally bordered by fourteen rivets, of which only nine remain. The five missing rivets are at the brow, three to the right and two to the left of the medial comb, some of which originally engaged the missing peak. The remaining rivets are fitted with circular internal washers retaining fragments of the leather lining-band. Attached by a pair of rivets at either side (one rivet now missing from either pair) is half of a large hinge with a scalloped finial for the attachment of the missing hinged cheek-pieces. At the nape, immediately below the base of the comb, is a pair of rivets for the attachment of the missing hinged neck-guard. The rivet on the left is partially broken off.

Painted black.


Dimensions: Maximum Height: 24.5 cm ( 9.5 in ), Maximum Width: 19.4 cm ( 7.4 in ), Maximum Depth: 23.8 cm ( 9.3 in )

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible.


Places Europe


A note attached to the helmet states 'Close helmet, seige, 17c.'