The Wallace Collection

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War hat
  • War hat
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 16th century
  • Iron or steel
  • Height: 19 cm
    Weight: 1.45 g
    Circumference: 61 cm, at the base of skull
  • Stamp: The Augsburg guild mark
  • A86
  • European Armoury I
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  • The war-hat was one of the most popular and successful types of head protection worn on the battlefields of Europe throughout the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance. The concept was simple- just as a brimmed hat shielded the wearer's face from the sun and rain, so did the wide brim of the war-hat intercept the downward vertical paths of hand-weapon blows and flying protectiles. Such helmets were worn throughout the Middle Ages by a wide range of different classes of fighting men- archers, crossbowmen, gunners, and general infantry. They were also sometimes worn by high-ranking warriors- knights and men-at-arms fighting in full armour.

    Although this example probably dates from the early sixteenth century, helmets of this general form had been in very wide circulation throughout Europe since the twelfth century.