Object Title




about 1550-1560

Object Number



Purchased at auction, Christie's, 14 July 1961 lot 103. Formerly in the Hardy, Spiller and Seymour Lucas collections.

Physical Description

The skull has a tall, keel-shaped comb, and a short tail and peak made in one piece. The cheekpieces are pierced with rosettes of holes, and are continued under the chin by small plates articulated to the lining straps. The subsidiary edges are scalloped. The main edges have finely roped inward turns with recessed borders containing round headed lining rivets. The surface is rough from the hammer, and retains its original blue-black finish.


Dimensions: height 330 mm, width 240 mm, depth 350 mm Weight: 6 lb 11 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

None. Inside, when acquired, was a gummed label inscribed 'Mrs Bell, Seend'.


Places Germany

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate CIV.