Object Title

Helmet - From Henry VIII's Foot Combat Armour

Helmet - From Henry VIII's Foot Combat Armour



Object Number

II.6 A


Transferred from Greenwich in 1649.

Physical Description

Close helmet, the skull with low comb pierced for the attachment of a crest. Visor in one piece with long vision slit below which it projects and is pierced with square openings for ventilation arranged to form a trellis pattern. There are three holes for the bolt securing a reinforcing plate on the left side, the visor being secured to the chinpiece by a spring catch on the right side now missing. There are not gorget plates, the lower part of the skull and chinpiece being prolonged to take their place. The helmet locks on to a flange on the gorget on which it can rotate being fastened by spring catches with securing hooks on either side.


Dimensions: Height as mounted: 1875 mm; waist 960 mm; chest 1130 mm; shoulder 680 mm; neck 520 mm; wrist 250 mm; inside leg (to ground) 870 mm; calf 460 mm; ankle 265 mm; foot length: 290 mm. 42.68 kg (94 lb) Weight: 4484g [or 42.68 kg (94 lb)]

Inscriptions and Marks

none visible

Bibliographic References

Claude Blair, European Armour, B.T. Batsford Ltd., London, 1958, p.164-5, 216-17 left legharness and sabaton.

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate XII frontal view, XIII back view, LXXXVII helmet.

J.G. Mann, Exhibition of Armour made in the Royal Workshops at Greenwich, H.M. Tower of London, 22 May-29 September, 1951. Cat No. I pl. I, XXXII (B)

A.V.B. Norman and G.M. Wilson, Treasures form the Tower of London, [Norwich], 1982, Cat. No. 2

Ian Eaves, 'The Tournament Armours of King Henry VIII of England', Livrust Kammaren, 1993, pp.14-15, fig.13.

G Rimer, T Richardson and J P D Cooper, Henry VIII: Arms and the Man, Leeds, 2009,p.114-118


One of the earliest surviving products of the Royal Workshops at Greenwich. III.832 plates of cod piece runited with armour June 1955. RC2: Permission to lend required from the sovereign.