The Wallace Collection

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  • Close-helmet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Germany
  • c. 1560
  • Iron or steel and leather
  • Weight: 3 kg
  • A168
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Like Wallace Collection A167, this helmet is a good example of the pronounced, stretched, and perhaps slightly strange visual qualities of helmets made in north Germany.

    The form of this helmet is perhaps little less extreme than A167, but its appearance is still quite distinctive. The point of the visor drops very drastically down from the sights, and has been stretched forward quite considerably, necessitating a deep, scooping curve in the lower face, so that the visor can meet the chin correctly. This example also includes a highly unusual form of double sight, the slots of which are cut into a visor that is, strangely, designed to sit over the upper bevor at the sides, an overlap that reverses half way towards the front by means of small vertical slits, through which the edge of the visor passes. Both features, the double-sights and the overlapping/underlapping visor, appear to be found only in north German work.