Apr 27, 2020
May 14, 2007
May 14, 2007

Cavalry Spider Helmet

Cavalry Spider Helmet

1600s

Iron with black paint

Overall: 30.2 x 21.3 x 17.7 cm (11 7/8 x 8 3/8 x 6 15/16 in.)

Weight: 1.52 kg (3.35 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1921.1258

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This helmet was made specifically for use in the field by the light cavalry who wore only a half suit of armor, sturdy riding boots, and an open helmet.

Description

The "spider-like" legs of this helmet protected the mounted soldier's face and head from slashing sword blows. The legs could be raised and locked up out of the way when not required.

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