Helmet skull made of heavy wrought iron; it has a medial ridge, a nasal broken off, and a row of flush rivets around the base. At either side is a rectangular cut-out for the ears. At the rear is an extensive area of damage.
- 19thC (?)
- Made in: London
- (Europe,British Isles,England,London)
- Height: 17 centimetres
- Width: 20.05 centimetres
- Depth: 21 centimetres
- Weight: 1565 grammes
A Victorian historicist piece, vaguely based on helmets shown on the carpet of Bayeux (oral communication Simon Metcalf, Royal Collections, 24 June 2005).Probably a fake made by Thomas Grimshaw, the most celebrated maker of fake Medieval armour in 19th Century England.
Comment by T. Richardson, Royal Armouries (February 2008)
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- AL116/40 (Royal Armouries Number)
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Object reference number: MCN8488
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