Object Title

Spanish morion

Spanish morion


about 1580

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Physical Description

It has a high, one-piece, almond shaped skull, with a short, backward-turned stalk of its apex, and an integral brim swept down at the sides, and rising to a point at the front and the rear. The brim has a roped inward turn, accompanied by a narrow recessed border. Four of the original sixteen brass-capped lining rivets survive which encircle the base of the skull; three of which retain part of their original decorated brass washers. There is one missing rivet and one surviving brass-capped rivet, with part of its original brass washer, at the base of the rear of the skull for the attachment of a missing plume holder. Both cheek-pieces are missing. There are a number of dents on the left and right sides of both the skull and brim. There is a crack on the left side of the skull and on the left brim towards the rear. The rear of the peak has been pierced with a large suspension hole.



HelmetHeight290 mm
HelmetLength370 mm
HelmetWeight1180 g
HelmetWidth247 mm

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Places Italy


Morions with swept brims appear to have been gradually replaced with those with flat brims from the 1580s. However, morions with swept brims continued to be produced, albeit in apparently smaller numbers, until the turn of the 17th century. The phrase 'Murryons of the Spanyshe fassyon' is found in the 1588 inventory of the Tower Armouries, which may refer to this style.