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German Zischagge "Lobster Pot" 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 one-piece skull with six ribs and a disc and hanging ring at the apex. Four articulated neck lames with rolled edges, coming to a shallow point and forming the signature lobstertail neck guard. Riveted peaked visor stamped with a "W" near the point, with sliding nasal bar fixed by a thumbscrew. Original cheek pieces with ventilation holes pierced in the form of a rosette; old riveted leather attachment straps with three of the four reinforced with modern leather. Inside of skull with old painted collection or inventory number "RK’ over "76" in a circle. Untouched dark patina, showing hammer marks and light rust marking as expected due to its great age. Typical munitions grade helmet used by cavalry throughout the Thirty Years War and English Civil War.
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