Jingasa or flat helmet, slightly domed in the center. Unusual surface of irregular brown lacquer. On the edge is a crest in gold, in the shape of the Kaga umebachi crest. The inside plain red lacquer, a richer red than the photos suggest. In the middle the cotton head cushion and one of the chinstraps. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Diam. 17 in. (33.4 cm), height ca. 2.75 in. (7 cm).
Core probably wood and leather. Some thin cracks in the lacquer on the inside, some tiny chips on the rim on the inside, otherwise very good condition.
This crest was used by various families and the clan to which the wearer of the helmet belonged, cannot be pinpointed.