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Presented by the National Art Collections Fund, 1945. From the Karl Gimbel collection, Baden-Baden, sold Rudolf Lepke, Berlin, 30 May-3 June 1904, lot 38, taf. VII, , and purchased by Sir Edward Barry from Whawell, about 1926

Physical Description

The skull is egg-shaped, the lower edge bordered by a row of 13 tubular steel vervelles for the aventail. Above these were 5 triangular plates designed to protect the leather band of the aventail, of which only the two at the left survive. The lower edge is pierced with close set holes for the lining rivets. There are 5 holes arranged vertically for the attachment of the visor, the one in the middle with a waisted stud. The visor is of 'pig-faced' form, with strongly boxed sights and ventilation slot below the snout. The snout is pierced with numerous breaths on both sides. The visor is fitted at the top centre with a long narrow plate pierced with an ogival opening to fit over the attachment on the brow of the helmet.

Featured in

Hundred Years War


Dimensions: height 254 mm; width: 210 mm; depth: 270 mm Weight: helmet 1420 g, visor 455 g

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Places Germany

Bibliographic References

G F Laking, 'Mr Edward Barry's collection of arms and armour at Ockwells Manor, Bray', Connoisseur, XI.42, 1905: 67-75, at p. 68

G F Laking, A Record of European armour and arms. G Bell, London, 1920-2, vol. I, fig. 278

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

A V B Norman and G M Wilson, Treasures from the Tower of London, Norwich, 1982: no. 8

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