German Harquebusiers Lobster-tail Helmet in fine condition circa 1620

A good German or Dutch Harquebusiers Helmet, sometimes known as a Lobster-tail pot with reference to the overlapping lames at the back of the neck area. This style of head protection originated in the East from the Mamluk and Ottoman 'chichak'  or çiçak helmet and was adopted across the Continent, the Polish form being known as a Zischagge and in Britain where the three-barred faceguard later became the norm. The harquebusier soldier was primarily a lightly armoured and fast moving Cavalryman originally using firearms (Harquebus), and this type of unit was used increasingly throughout the 17th and early 18th century. This hlemet survives in wonderful condition, the bowl is made from one piece of steel with ribbing for strength. The rear of the helmet with four moveable overlapping lames to protect the neck, two cheekguards with piercing for ventilation, the front peak with a rolled over reinforced edge, a small stamp to the upper surface, the nasal bar with two deep makers marks struck to the top, and a button to the bottom which probably served to stop blades sliding towards the body. The interior retains its original buff leather edging in good condition. This helmet has an attractive browned age patina and is is wonderful condition circa 1620. european

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