C. 100-50 BC. Roman. Very rare bronze Montefortino bronze helmet with rounded bowl, folded brim and projection on the top for attaching a plume. The Montefortino-type helmet was a mainstay of Roman soldiers during the Roman Republic, because it provided excellent protection while also allowing for a full field of vision. Excellent condition with minor repair at the back; beautiful patina; on a custom stand.
XRF analysis by an independent Belgian laboratory. All samples correspond to the metal content of the period specified; no modern trace elements were detected in the patina; expertly cleaned and conserved.
Size: L:190mm / W:215mm ; 1.9kg;
Provenance: From the collection of a London doctor; formerly in established Belgian collection; previously acquired in the early 1970s from A. Bullock in Derbyshire.
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