~ Spanish Armada Era Morion Helmet ~
A 16th century example in barn find condition.
~ Morion Helmets ~
A morion (Spanish: morrión) is a type of open helmet originally from the Kingdom of Castile (Spain), used from the beginning 16th to early 17th centuries, usually having a flat brim and a crest from front to back. Its introduction was contemporaneous with the exploration of North, Central and South America. Explorers such as Hernando de Soto and Coronado may have supplied them to their foot soldiers in the 1540s.
~ Dimensions ~
The helmet is 38.5 cm (15.5 inches) long by 30.5 cm (12 inches) wide by 23 cm (9 inches) tall. It weighs 0.79 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The helmet is quite rusted and would certainly benefit from some conservation. All the rivets are in place.