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European Zischagge "Lobstertail" Helmet, ca. 1630
The zischagge originated in Eastern Europe, having its design influenced by Islamic helmets. It provided excellent vision and protection for the cavalry of the day and soon its use spread throughout most of Europe. This example features hemispheric skull with six ribs; four articulated neck lames with rolled edges, coming to a shallow point and forming the signature lobstertail neck guard. Riveted peaked visor with sliding nasal bar fixed by a thumbscrew (possibly associated and stamped with an "M" mark). Underside of visor with stamped assembly or inventory mark. Original cheek pieces with unusual teardrop shaped piercings (leathers replaced). Pitting overall with untouched dark patina and a few shallow dents. Typical munitions grade helmet used by cavalry throughout the Thirty Years War and English Civil War.
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