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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 12:48 p.m. PST

"With more than 4,000 pieces, the hoard of 7th century gold and silver fragments discovered in 2009 near the village of Hammerwich in Staffordshire, England, is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon precious metals ever found. About 1,500 of those pieces were found to come from a single artifact: an extremely rare helmet of highest quality. Like the famous helmet discovered in the 7th century ship burial at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk in 1939, the Staffordshire helmet must have belonged to an individual of high status.The Sutton Hoo helmet's owner is believed to have been King Rędwald of East Anglia; the helmet is made of iron, tinned bronze sheeting, bronze and a few prominent gilded elements like the upper lip. The Staffordshire helmet was covered in reliefs of silver gilt foil, so has even more precious metal surfacing than the Sutton Hoo helmet…."



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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 1:54 p.m. PST


gavandjosh0214 Mar 2019 2:58 p.m. PST


whitejamest14 Mar 2019 3:49 p.m. PST

That's a darn good looking helmet.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 4:12 p.m. PST

I believe that one couldn't help but feel "large and in-charge" in that.

goragrad14 Mar 2019 8:05 p.m. PST

So another conversion of a Roman helmet.

Beautiful work.

Roderick Robertson Fezian15 Mar 2019 10:40 a.m. PST

You got a purty helmet.

Aethelflaeda was framed15 Mar 2019 11:42 a.m. PST

Perhaps it was a Roman helmet passed down. Lots of questions remain about the hoard.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2019 12:18 p.m. PST

Happy you like it boys!.


goragrad15 Mar 2019 8:31 p.m. PST

The Sutton Hoo helmet was also a conversion of a Roman Cavalry helmet.

One presumes that other than items used as grave goods, that any serviceable equipment would continue in use until lost or damaged beyond repair.

It is interesting that what would have been issue helmets for the Romans were considered suitable for conversion centuries later.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 11:27 a.m. PST

Interesting indeed….!


GurKhan02 Apr 2019 3:00 a.m. PST

The Sutton Hoo helmet was also a conversion of a Roman Cavalry helmet.

The skull of the Sutton Hoo helmet is made of a single piece of iron, whereas Late Roman helmets are made from two pieces (or more) joined by the ridge-crest. So while it is obviously influenced by Roman styles, it doesn't seem to have been an actual reworked Roman helmet.

Not sure about the skull of the Staffordshire helmet.

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