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Famous helmet which became a bowler.

Kettle hat, of iron, made of one piece with a narrow, even brim and a section of comb at the apex. Round the upper part of the brim is a series of lining rivet holes, some still retaining rivets. Low at either side of the skull is a set of two riv...


Armor of Infante Luis, Prince of Asturias (1707–1724)

  Possibly the last royal armor made in Europe, this is believed to have been presented to the five-year-old Infante Luis (1707–1724), prince of Asturias, by his great-grandfather Louis XIV of France (1638–1715, reigned f...


Foot-Combat Armor of Prince-Elector Christian I of Saxony (reigned 1586–91)

This is one of a set of twelve matching armors for use in foot combat commissioned in 1591 by Sophie of Brandenburg as a Christmas gift for her husband, Christian I (reigned 1586–91). These armors are among the last commissions of Anton...


1485 Yorkist man-at-arms, Battle of Bosworth

  1 Long boots 2 Hat with a pewter badge for civilian wear 3 Sallet helmet that protected the face 4 Gorget 5 & 6 Paldrons – to protect the shoulder; the left one is bigger because the left side was the defe...


1244 mounted knight, Siege of Jerusalem

  1244 mounted knight, Siege of Jerusalem 1 Gonfanon – a banner that was used after the Norman conquest and displayed on the end of a spear or flag pole 2 Kettle helmet - broad brimmed with lots of ventilation and good ...


Jousting Armor (Rennzeug) and Matching Half-Shaffron

Jousting Armor (Rennzeug) and Matching Half-Shaffron

This armor was intended for use in the Scharfrennen, a joust fought in an open field by two contestants mounted on horses and armed with relatively sharp lances. The sport remained popular at the court of the prince-electors of Saxony long af...


Harquebusier's Armor of Pedro II, King of Portugal (reigned 1683–1706) with Buff Coat

This armor can be identified by its decoration as having belonged to Pedro II (reigned 1683–1706). The decoration includes the crowned monogram PR for Pedro Rex (Pedro the King) and the cross of the commander of the Order of Christ, a heredi...


Sallet alla Veneziana

Sallet alla Veneziana

In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, armor was frequently decorated using fabric coverings, gilt metal appliqués, and even jewels. Sallets covered with red velvet and decorated with gilt mounts were especially popular in Venice and co...


Feudalism and Knights in Medieval Europe

Feudalism and Knights in Medieval Europe

From the ninth to the early eleventh centuries, invasions of the Magyars from the east, Muslims from the south, and Vikings from the north struck western Europe. This unrest ultimately spurred greater unity in England and Germany, but in northern ...


The Anglo Saxon Broken Back Seax

The Anglo Saxon Broken Back Seax

The Anglo Saxon Broken Back Seax       A selection of 11th Century Anglo Saxon seaxes   Swords were enormously expensive weapons 1,500 years ago, and the Anglo Saxon warriors of those times needed a...


Elements of a Light-Cavalry Armor

Elements of a Light-Cavalry Armor

This is a rare example of Italian armor decorated with fluted surfaces in the German fashion. Its etched and richly gilt decoration is derived from Christian symbolism and the Bible. The band across the top of the breastplate depicts the Virgin an...


American Helmet Model No. 8

American Helmet Model No. 8

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company (American, founded 1903) Date: 1918 Culture: American Medium: Steel, leather, felt, canvas, bronze, pigment, sawdust Dimensions: H. 9 in. (22.9 cm); W. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm);...


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