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First registered 25 June 2004 following return from loan to the Australian War Memorial [museum] (reg. no. OL00378.024), being the remains of one of the Loans to the Dominions, sent out in 1921.

Physical Description

The skull is made in two pieces, joined in a medial riveted seam, and extended at the front into a narrow flat peak reaching almost to the tail. The tail is of one piece embossed to simulate three lames and ornamented with three rows of decorative rivets, the middel one double. The main edges have plain inward turns with recessed borders, that on the tail containing 9 original round headed lining rivets with square washers. 12 more of these run round the base of the skull at the front retaining much of the broad canvas lining band and two at the right and one at the left (the other is missing) retaining fragments of the leathers for the missing cheekpieces. The skull is embossed with 10 radial ribs separated by ridges delineated by incised lines, and an incised line runs round the base. At the front is a nasal bracket and wing screw, with a slightly enlarged slot on the peak below, for the missing nasal. At the top of the skull is a star washer and pierced finial. The tail is detached at the right and bent at the left. There is a suspension hole at the point of the tail. The exterior is painted black, the inside corroded.


Dimensions: height 235 mm, width 242 mm, depth 355 mm Weight: 965 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped crowned IR on the peak.


Places Flanders