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Exotic Helmets of the ages

Toothface helm by an unknown Italian artist from the 17th century 

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Frog-mouth helm (or Stechhelm) - It was used by mounted knights between the 14th and 17th centuries. 

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Bascinet from the 14th and 15th century 

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Sallet in the Shape of a Lion’s Head, c. 1475-1480 - The earliest surviving example of a Renaissance armor all'antica. The outer shell of the steel helmet was made of embossed and gilt copper. 

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An oil-painted sallet from Germany, c. 1500 - Worn by lower class men-at-arms. 

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Bird Man Helmet from the early 16th century 

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The Horned Helmet, Innsbruck, Austria, 1511-1514 

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Closed helmet with mask visor, by Kolman Helmschmid in Augsburg, Germany, c. 1515 - Grotesque human mask-like visors were really popular in Germany and Austria in the early 16th century. 

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Grotesque ones from the early 16th century 

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Dark Helmet - From a galaxy far, far away…(wait, how did this get in there!) 

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The Maximilian armour - These early 16th century German plate armours were first made for the Emperor Maximilian I. 

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Burgonet of Guidobaldo II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino, Milan, c. 1532-35 

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The ceremonial and parade helmets of Charles V - Desiderius Helmschmid, c. 1540 

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Desiderius Helmschmid, c. 1540 

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Filippo Negroli, 1533 

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Kolman Helmschmid, c. 1530 

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Filippo and Francesco Negroli, 1545 

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Filippo and Francesco Negroli, 1545 

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Burgonet with Falling Buffe and scenes of battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs, c. 1555 - Probably made for Henry II of France, but passed as a gift to the Medicis. 

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Burgonet, created in a Venetian workshop in the late 1550s 

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Helmet in the form of a sea conch shell, 1618, Japan 

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A German or Italian Savoyard Helmet, c. 1620-1630 

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A French face-protecting expermiental helmet from the WWI, invented by Dr. Pollack, a medical officer - Based on the M15 Adrian helmet, used by the French Army during the war. 

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Close helmet from Augsburg 1530 

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1500 Burgonet 

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Filippo Negroli burgonet 1532-1535 

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Griffin-shaped Helmet Steel embossed and gilt and silvered italy (Milan or Brescia) about 1550. 

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Musée del armée 

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Burgonet-ja, cc 1530, Real Armería, Madrid 

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Burgonet for parade armor. Desiderius Helmschmid. German (Augsburg) about 1550-1555 CE 

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This shaffron forms part of an important garniture of armor for field and tournament use made for Nicolas “the Black” Radziwill (1515–1565) 

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Helmet Italian 1550 CE 

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A “Garde du Corps” troopers helmet, Germany 1900 

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Helmet in the Classical Style, French Paris probably about 1760-70 

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1529, by Hans Seusenhofer of Innsbruck, Austria, for King Ferdinand I (1503-1564). wolf faced visor 


Grotesque visor 1550 

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Grotesque helmet Innsbruck 1520 - 1530 


Musée de l'Armée 

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Mustached visored helmet 

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Wooden Ekoi mask helmet 

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19th century vintage grotesque helmet 

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Can anybody figure this one out? 

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Please feel free to elaborate on anything you see here. Post one of your own creations or simply add to the list of historical head pieces. I will try to add more information if I have time. 

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Adlergarnitur of Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria from the 16th Century on display at the Neue Burg Museum in Vienna

Made in 1547 by Jorg Seusenhofer it can be adapted into different tournament armours as well as field armours for warfare. Adlergarnitur is a style that makes heavy use of the Austrian Eagle as a motif on armour. The eagle can be seen on the helmet and the thigh plates.

Ferdinand managed to incur a high level of dept due to his love of ornate armour and Counter-reformation artwork which is now in display in museums in Vienna.

When you think of Henry VIII, you probably picture Dom DeLuise in a dress. It’s a fair picture.

Turkey drumstick in one hand, lady parts in the other – that’s how we like our H8. But Henry didn’t start out as a house-shaped humping machine. Before he lost the battle with tautness, Henry was as athletic and handsome as an NBA pool party. He wasn’t just a monarch sitting on a throne; he ruled jousting tournaments and tennis courts and won Mr. Sexy Legs of 1525. Yet none of those endeavors explain this incredible … thing.

Sometime around 1511, the Holy Roman Emperor commissioned master armor craftsman Konrad Seusenhofer to create this steampunk amalgamation of fear and awesome as a gift for young King Henry. This is real. You are not dreaming. King Henry VIII once wore the mask above in all seriousness, probably at court pageants and as a way to shock a male heir out of his wife’s womb. It eventually worked. Probably because of those baby tombstones posing as teeth.

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