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Secret helmet: HEN.M.104-1933

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Current Location: In storage


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Secret helmet, for field use, with later modified lower edge. Of hemispherical form. Its lower edge is crudely cut with a semi-circular notch at each side to clear the tops of the ears. A hole is pierced above each of the notches. That at the left side is occupied by an externally-flush rivet that retains a fragment of an internal leather for the attachment of a missing ear-defence.


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

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 20.6 cm
Height: 9.9 cm
Weight: 0.4 kg
Width: 18.2 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 17th Century
Circa 1670 CE - 1700 CE


The secret has been altered at its lower edge to give it the appearance of a late 15th century skull-cap.

The secret is bright with a patchy light to medium patination overall.

Components of the work

Internal Leathers composed of leather ( fragment)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammered : Of hemispherical form; hammered, shaped, riveted

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: green tag numbered '341'

  • Text: 341
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.104-1933
Primary reference Number: 18559
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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