Original European Late 16th to Early 17th Century One-Piece Cabasset Helmet
Original Item: Only One Available. This helmet was constructed of two overlapping pieces of iron which were hammered and riveted together. Above the narrow brim is a row of holes that would have included a band of leather secured by rivets. This leather band would have been stitched to a fabric helmet lining, which is no longer present.
Cabasset, from the Spanish word capacete, meaning “little cap” was a light helmet similar to the Burgonet helmet, cabasset helmets were used in the 16th and 17th centuries by light cavalry and infantrymen in Europe.
This helmet is in lovely condition for its age! As mentioned, there is no cloth or leather still present in this example, nor are the rivets. There appears to be 2 small caliber holes, one on the front of the dome and one on the brim. Since arrows weren’t really capable of piercing armor, this helmet could have fallen victim to target practice. Another possibility is that stray bullets could have found their way into the ground where this helmet was found, especially with all the battles and wars that were fought all over Europe.
Comes more than ready for further research and display!
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