Object Title

Great bacinet skull

Great bacinet skull



Object Number



Purchased at Sotheby's, 5 July 1965, lot 98.

Physical Description

The helmet is in excavated condition and the surface is very corroded


Dimensions: Height: 280 mm; width: 250 mm; depth: 325 mm Weight: 2.50 kg

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible


Places Italy

Bibliographic References

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


Previously in the collection of Louis R. Bachereau of Paris.
Believed to have been found in central France. Two very similar skull-pieces are in Norwich Caastle Museum and the British Museum respectively.
Noted in the inventory'This skulll piece replaces a 19th century forgery of a tilting helm now transferred to calss XXI.' A hand written note also states 'Index card states forgery possibly inspired by a tilting helm for the Deutsche Gestech but of exceptionally poor shape.'.