SOLD Antique 17th Century English Royalist Harquebusiers Cavalry Lobstertail Helmet Civil War 1642-1651
SOLD A rare antique, 17th century, circa 1640, continental Lobster-tail helmet made for the English Royalist Harquebusiers Cavalry, loyal to King Charles I in the English Civil War period, 1642-1651.
Details: The scull is made of two pieces joined medially along a low comb and projecting forward as a broad down-turned peak with a recessed border, flanged outwards at the front to form a pointed peak with folded edges, decorated with rivets, fitted with a shaped, sliding nasal-bar retained by a wing-headed screw. Downturned neck-guard composed of three upward-lapping plates with turned-under edges, the rear fitted with tubular plume-holder above. The sides with cheek flaps pierced with holes. This particular type of Lobster-tail Helmet is not as common as the other Lobster-tail helmets used in England during the English Civil War period, 1642-1651.
CONDITION: In very good condition for its age, rusty surface with remains of its blackened finish, waxed for protection. The leather strap holding cheek flaps are wrecked, and temporally attached to the scull by a tiny string.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length, from the pointed peak to the end of the neck-guard: 46 cm (18.11 inches).Height from the top of the comb to the end of the neck-guard: 25 cm (9.84 inches).
(1) A comparable Helmet is in the Tower Of London collection, published in the book European Armour in the Tower of London, by Richard Dufty, Plate CV picture c. Description: Troopers pot; English mid-17th century.
(2) Another one is in the collection of Royal Armouries, published in the booklet Civil War A Royal Armouries exhibition, sponsored by THE TIMES, on Page 11.
(3) Also, a similar Royalist Harquebusiers Lobster tail helmet with a one-piece neck guard is published in the book "Body Armor" by Robert Woosnam-Savage and Anthony Hall, Page 88.
A photocopy of the pages from the aforementioned references will be provided along with a certificate of authenticity.
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