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CIRCA 1450-70

Circa 1450-70
Of one-piece construction with full-length low medial ridge drawn-up to a low flattened comb over the top of the skull, slotted for attaching a crest, cut straight across the brow at the face-opening and swept back at the sides, formed with a pointed short tail, pierced for lining rivets and chin straps, and with out-turned edge (extensive expert restoration).
9 1/8in (23.3cm)
The Armoury of the Knights of St. John, Rhodes. Included in the large quantity of armour from the Rhodes find which was purchased by Dr. Bashford Dean (the first Curator of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) following his visit there in 1920. The bulk of Dean's purchase was sold at auction in New York and by Christie's in London, 1956-60.

The restoration evident in many surviving Rhodes pieces is that of the armorers in the workshops of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Leonard Heinrich and Harvey Murton).

For a detailed account of the Rhodes find see Walter J. Karcheski and Thom Richardson, The Medieval Armour from Rhodes, 2000.

Helmets similar to the present example were also discovered at the Venetian stronghold at Chalcis, on the Greek island of Euboea. See Stuart W. Phyrr, European Armour from the Imperial Ottoman Arsenal, The Metropolitan Museum Journal, No. 24
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