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First registered 25 June 2004 following return from loan to the Australian War Memorial [museum] (reg. no. OL00378.007), 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 middle 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. 14 more of these run round the base of the skull at the front retaining much of the broad canvas lining band, two at either side retaining fragments of the leathers for the missing cheekpieces and two at the front the nasal bracket and wing screw for the missing nasal, with a rectangular slot on the peak below. 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 top of the skull is a star washer and pierced finial. The exterior is painted black. There are small suspension holes at either side.


Dimensions: height 230 mm, width 243 mm, depth 372 mm Weight: 1080 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped crowned IR on the peak.


Places Flanders


Almost a perfect example of its type, in a very complete state of preservation.