HAM 609.a


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Accession Number: 609.a
Region: Perhaps Germany
Artifact Type: "Savoyard"-type siege helmet
Date: early 1600s
Materials: Steel; iron
Weight: 10 lb. 4 oz.
Length: 8 1/2" W x 9 1/4" L x 11" D

This was one of the styles of helmet used by heavy cavalry in the 1600s. In German it is called a Todenkopf, "Death's Head." Its disconcerting appearance was accentuated in some versions by inscribing grinning teeth around the mouth opening. (Age of Armor)