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Transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, Woolwich, 1927. From Rhodes, acquired by Sir J Lefroy 1867.

Physical Description

Of 'sparrow'-beak' form. It is made of one piece, drawn out in a faceted, blunt point, above which is an almost vertical, slightly arched flange which forms the lower edge of the sight. The sides are curved rearwards with a sharp straight angle, and have slightly dished rounded terminals with low, bevelled edges. The upper edge of each terminal is notched for the hinge-pin. At the right terminal, the front portion of the hinge is attached by two rivets; that of the left is lost, two rivet holes showing its location. At the right, just in front of the side of the flange, is a hole for the lost lifting-peg. The lower right of the visor is pierced with a rosette of seven breaths.



VisorDepth205 mm
VisorHeight102 mm
VisorWeight540 g
VisorWidth220 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

At the right terminal is stamped the Rotunda number, MA 2288


Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, London, 1874: 139, no. 2288

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1889: 149, no. 16.219

W J Karcheski Jr and T Richardson, The medieval armour from Rhodes, Leeds, Royal Armouries 2000: no. 1.5


This visor may be compared with others; two armets in the Sanctuary, both with slightly more curved sight flanges, nos B6 and B14 (Boccia 1982: figs 376-82, 477-91); an armet in the Casa della Contadinanza, Udine, Italy, no. CC165 (Boccia 1982: fig. 164); that associated with an armour from Besanþon Castle in the Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zurich, no. LM4955 (Laking 1920 I: 207, fig. 241a; Schneider 1953: 9, no. 15); and several in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Metallurgy Report: A fairly homogeneous steel, of which one surface shows signs of decarburization, which is more likely to be of diagnostic of construction by lamination than hot-working because of the lack of a concentration gradient. The core of the sheet is 0.6-0.8% C steel.