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Comb morion: HEN.M.30-1933

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Comb morion, for infantry use, with embossed decoration in the 'black and white' fashion. Formed in two halves joined medially by a turn along the crest of the comb, and by a riveted overlap at the front and rear of the brim. It has a rounded crown that curves down markedly at each side and rises to a high, file-roped medial comb; and an integral brim that is turned down at each side and curves up to an acute point at the front and the rear. The edge of the brim has a file-roped inward turn. The base of the crown is encircled by ten modern round-headed lining-rivets fitted with external brass rosette washers and internal octagonal washers that retain a leather lining-band.
Each side of the crown is embossed in low relief with a large, vertically-symmetrical fleur-de-lis that, like the comb, is polished bright against a 'black from the hammer' ground in the 'black and white' fashion.
The roping of the crest of the comb and the turned edges of the brim appears to be modern work.


History note: Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex.

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 33 cm
Height: 27 cm
Weight: 1.42 kg
Width: 24.9 cm

Relative size of this object

24.9 cm27 cm33 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart


Early 17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1610 CE


The bright areas of the helmet show a medium patination covered with a yellowed lacquer. The intervening areas retain their original 'black from the hammer' finish, showing slight wear through to bright metal.

Components of the work

Rosette Washers composed of brass (alloy)
Lining-band composed of leather

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammered : Formed in two halves joined medially by a turn along the crest of the comb, and by a riveted overlap at the front and rear of the brim; hammered, shaped, riveted, with file-roped and embossed decoration in a 'black and white' fashion

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.30-1933
Primary reference Number: 18280
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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