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Lobster Tail Helmet, Zischagge, Probably Innsbruck, ca. 1630
One-piece ribbed skull with riveted brim, stamped near the point with an armorerís mark (possibly that of Jakob Topf of Innsbruck) and an "F"; the underside stamped "XII" with a crescent. Original sliding nasal bar, also stamped with an "F", (or possibly an "E"). Neck defense of 4 riveted lames with rolled edges; original ear flaps. Retains much of its original blackened finish. Very good condition. This helm very possibly came from the Landeszeughaus Graz, Austria. A virtually identical example, with similar marks, is pictured in "Europaische Helme", example 136. Thousands of these cavalry helmets were made in Germany and other countries for use in the Thirty Years War and the English Civil War. While the "Lobstertail" helmet is often considered synonymous with the English Civil War, few, if any, of those with a sliding nasal bar were actually made there. An example with the same marks sold at auction in Germany in 2008 for $3650.
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