The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Close-helmet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1630
  • Steel and velvet
  • Height: 39.3 cm
    Weight: 4.46 kg
  • A178
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Close-helmet, the skull made in two halves joined down the ridge of the comb, which is flat-sided, has no roping, and is pierced with a single transverse hole. Around the base is a row of steel rivets for the lining band, most of which remains. At the base of the comb are two rivet holes for the attachment of the missing plume-holder. The skull is secured to the chin-piece by a spring-catch on the right side.
    Visor with two horizontal sight It is secured to the bevor by a spring-catch of which the stud is missing. Upper bevor pierced on the right side with twenty-two ventilation holes arranged in a rosette, and on the left with seven large S-shaped openings. The lower bevor has a row of steel lining rivets round the base, most of the lining band being preserved. On the right side is a spring-catch to secure the bevor. Double gorget-plates, the lower ones being deep and pointed. The borders are sunk, the edges turned over but not roped. Of these, only the plate at the back is old and retains its pickadils of dark red velvet. Steel lining rivets.

    This helmet, though poor in form as is often the case at this late date, is well and solidly constructed, the plates having neatly bevelled edges.