Antique Lobstertail Cromwellian Helmet Armor 17th centu
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A rare antique 17th century circa 1640 English Royalist Harquebusier’s Cavalry Lobstertail helmet from 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 domed rivets, fitted with a sliding nasal-bar retained by a wing-headed screw at the nape of the neck with a plume –holder, The neck guard is riveted to the scull and is made from a single piece of metal embossed to simulate four lames occupied by round headed lining – rivets with remains of their leather lining –bands and its sides fitted with broad pendent cheek-pieces.
CONDITION: A black lacquered finish overall, in very good condition for its age, some light pitting, a small rust hole at the top of the comb (please see the picture). These types of Lobstertail Helmets were made during the period time of the Thirty Year war in Northern Europe, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia, and were imported into England for use by Royalist forces loyal to King Charles I. This particular type of Lobstertail Helmet is not as common as the German Papeinhaimer Lobstertail helmets that are with neck guards made of individual lames.
MEASUREMENTS: Height from the top of the comb to the end of the neck guard: 26 cm (10 ¼ 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: Trooper’s pot; English mid 17th century.
(2) Another one is in the collection of Royal Armouries published in the booklet “Civil War A Royal Armouris exhibition spo0nsored by THE TIMES “Page 11
(3) Also similar Royalist Harquebusier’s 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, Description: ‘A harquebusier’s, pot, of the 1640s possibly made in the Netherlands. It was imported into England for use by Royalist forces loyal to Charles I.’
A photocopy of the pages from the aforementioned references will be provided along with the certificate of authenticity.
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