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Comb morion: HEN.M.31-1933

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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 to the left along the crest of the comb, and by a riveted overlap to the left at the front and rear of the brim. Its crown curves down at each side and rises to a high medial comb that extends from just above the brow to just above the nape; 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 plain inward turn. The base of the crown is encircled by modern externally-flush lining-rivets with brass rosette washers, of which one is missing and several now lack their washers. The lining-rivet and washer at the left of the nape retain a small, modern plume-holder formed of a tapering tube with a single integral arm.
Each side of the crown is embossed in low relief with a large fleur-de-lis that, like the comb, is polished bright against a blackened ground in the 'black and white' fashion.


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: 35.8 cm
Height: 26.5 cm
Weight: 1.14 kg
Width: 24.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1610


The bright areas of the helmet show a light to medium patination. The intervening blackened areas have been refreshed with black paint that has flaked away at some points.

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 to the left along the crest of the comb, and by a riveted overlap to the left 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.31-1933
Primary reference Number: 18282
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 March 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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