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    Armor: Steel Close Helmet, Sixteenth Century. The close helmet was the predominate helmet of the sixteenth century. This helmet completely covers the head and facial area and opens in a more convenient way than the earlier armet helmet. It has a fully developed one piece bevor shaped to cover the chin and frontal neck area and is attached to the skull at the same pair of pivots as the upper visor.

    The visor overlaps the bevor and the visor can be lifted separately for greater vision and ventilation. The throat is well protected by the lower bevor. The nape area of the helmet is protected by articulated lower neck plates at the back of the helmet. The skull fits closely at the rear and the back is protected by three overlapping lames. The visor has four horizontal eye vision openings and breathing slits.

    The helmet is approximately 10.5" in overall height, 8.5" wide at the visor joint pivots, and about 10" in total length front to back from the tip of the visor to the back of the last lame of the neck defense. The skull has a medial comb about 1.25" wide and 0.75" high at the top of the crown. The comb reaches from the front just above the point where it meets the upper part of the visor and continues across the top of the helmet to the back of the helmet. The comb lessens in width and height at each end and blends into the shape of the helmet. The neck defense is articulated and secured by dome shaped rivets. The lower edge is semi-rolled and has a roped edge. The etched decoration appears to be a later addition and the breathing slits may have been enlarged at a later date. There are extra breathing holes to the left side of the visor. A few splits along the comb and bevor, else, very good.

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    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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