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.



HelmetDepth350 mm
HelmetHeight330 mm
HelmetWeight3033 g
HelmetWidth240 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

paper label
When acquired, a gummed label inscribed 'Mrs Bell, Seend' was found on the inside
Inside helmet


Places Germany

Bibliographic References

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


Blueing was used on plate armour from at least the 15th cenury, both for decorative effect and as a method of rust prevention. The process of blueing involved uniformly heating up the plates to around 250 degrees centigrade, which results in the formation of a double oxide film over the surface of the metal. The thickness of the film determines the precise colour.