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First registered 25 June 2004 following return from loan to the Australian War Memorial [museum] (reg. no. OL00378.026), 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 four lames and ornamented with three rows of decorative rivets. The main edges have plain inward turns with recessed borders, that on the tail containing 9 original round headed lining rivets with square washers. 8 more of these run round the base of the skull at the front retaining much of the broad canvas lining band and two at either side 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 double incised lines run round the base. At the front is a nasal bracket and wing nut, with a large, broken out slot on the peak below, for the missing nasal. At the top of the skull is a star washer and pierced finial. The peak is broken apart, the edge is damaged at either side, and there is a suspension hole at the point of the tail. The exterior is painted black, the inside corroded.


Dimensions: height 190 mm, width 225 mm, depth 370 mm Weight: 1025 g

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Places Flanders