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Purchased from the National Magazine Co. (William Randolph Hearst Collection) October 1952, with the help of the Pilgrim Trust, the National Art Collections Fund and a special Exchequer Grant. one of 52 items purchased together. From the collection of Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, originally from Schloss Hohenaschau

Physical Description

The skull is of tall conical shape, rising to a point back at the rear and with a slight medial ridge. There is a hole at either side fo rthe visor pivots. The lower edge is bordered by a row of close-set lining rivet holes. Above these, except above the brow, is a row of larger holes for the vervelles. Near the edge over the brow are three small brass rivets which probably secured a decorative brass border covering the lining holes at this point. The surface is dull and russet.
Metallurgy report by Dr A Williams
Examined on the lower edge. The section is a homogeneous mass of minute particles. There are no traces of pearlitic structure, but no free ferrite grains. There are a few large slag inclusions. This has been made from a steel which has either been slowly cooled or air cooled then annealed after fabrication, for the principal constituent is partly spheroidised pearlite.

Featured in

Hundred Years War


Dimensions: Height: 287 mm; width: 185 mm; depth: 217 mm Weight: 3.09 kg

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Italy, Milan

Bibliographic References

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