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Spanish morion: HEN.M.42-1933

Object information

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Production: Unknown




'Spanish' morion, for infantry use, with embossed decoration in the 'black and white' fashion. Formed in two halves joined medially by an overlapped and riveted join. It has an almond-shaped crown that rises to a short backward-directed stalk at its apex; and a narrow, slightly downturned brim that projects to an obtuse point at the front and the rear. The edge of the brim has an inward turn decorated with perpendicular notches. The base of the crown is encircled by ten round-headed lining-rivets fitted with pewter rosette washers externally, and with octagonal internal washers internally. The internal washers retain a modern leather lining-band.
The helmet is decorated in relief with a medial band and a fleur-de-lis at each side: each polished bright against a 'black from the hammer' 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: 32.1 cm
Height: 20.2 cm
Weight: 1.21 kg
Width: 23.0 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


Late 16th Century
Production date: circa AD 1600


The bright areas show a medium patination. The intervening black areas are partly worn and refreshed with black paint.

Probably North German

Components of the work

Lining-band composed of leather ( modern)
Rosette Washers composed of pewter

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammered : Formed in two halves joined medially by an overlapped and riveted join; hammered, shaped, riveted, with embossed decoration, on a polished and blackened ground in the 'black and white' fashion

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 412
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.42-1933
Primary reference Number: 18309
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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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