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Spanish morion: HEN.M.45-1933

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'Spanish' morion, for infantry use, with etched decoration. Formed in one piece with an almond-shaped crown that rises to a backward-directed stalk at its apex, and a flat narrow, integral brim that projects to a rounded point front and rear. The brim has a file-roped inward turn accompanied by a narrow recessed border. The base is encircled by fourteen holes for lining-rivets, of which seven are occupied by modern rivets with flat rosette washers of brass. The helmet lacks its cheek-pieces and a plume-holder is now represented only by a pair of holes at the nape.
The crown of the helmet is decorated with four vertical bands of trophies and fabulous animals on a stippled and blackened ground, repeated in a narrow band around the base of the crown and on the brim. The band around the base of the crown is bordered at its lower edge by an even narrower band of guilloche.


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: 30.9 cm
Height: 25.1 cm
Weight: 1.38 kg
Width: 23.5 cm

Relative size of this object

23.5 cm25.1 cm30.9 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 16th Century
Circa 1580 - 1590


North Italian

The helmet is bright with a variable light to medium patination overall. It has been pierced with several later holes and shows some rust perforations near the apex of the crown as well as cracks in the edge of the brim.

Components of the work

Rosette Washers composed of brass (alloy) Border Decoration Ground Parts

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammered : Formed in one piece with an almond-shaped crown that rises to a backward-directed stalk at its apex, and a flat narrow, integral brim that projects to a rounded point front and rear; hammered, shaped, riveted, with a recessed border, with etched and file-roped decoration on a blackened ground
Patinating Forming

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 46
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.45-1933
Primary reference Number: 18314
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 February 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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