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|Late 17th - early 18th century|
With broad iron skull formed in two pieces, open face formed as an inverted U, turned edges, covered in plum velvet (cut to fit the contour of the crown, slight shrinkage) and richly decorated with embossed mounts of copper-gilt, comprising large frontal crest of fluted acanthus swept forward at the top and fitted with plume-holder, broad fluted acanthus spray extending over the full height of the skull and tapering towards a scrolled basal finial at the rear, crenellated border embossed with beadwork, the sides fitted with decorative bosses of two plates, pierced at the center and en suite with the border, and the mounts retaining much original gilding throughout. The quality of the mounts suggests that they may predate the remainder of the helmet by 150-200 years. The velvet cover was probably replaced during the helmet’s late working life.
|Location of Origin: Europe|
|Medium/Materials: iron, plum velvet, copper-gilt, beadwork|
|Dimensions: Height: 30 x Width: 21 x Depth: 25 cm / 11.8 x 8.3 x 9.8 in|
|Primary Classification: Antique guns, Antique Swords for Sale : Armour for Sale|
|Revivalist headpieces such as this were worn as parade dress by members of the Venetian Council of Ten and their entourage. Similar examples are preserved in the collection of L"Armeria Reale, Turin, and the Princes Odescalchi, Rome.|
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