A good mid 17th Century cavalry trooper’s “lobster tail” helmet.
A good mid 17th Century cavalry trooper’s “lobster tail” helmet. The two piece skull embossed with 10 radial ribs interspersed with incised radial lines and surmounted by a small hanging ring on a fluted boss. The integral peak is deeply struck with a crowned IR (James II arsenal mark) and the nasal bar is adjusted by a thumb screw. The neck guard is embossed with 4 simulated lames, and the helmet is fitted with triangular shaped ear flaps. The helmet is “file finished” overall, and the inside is painted with an old inventory number. See T. Richardson “The London Armourers of the 17th Century” 2004 p 19 for the arsenal mark.