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Cuirassier-style cavalry Helmets used in the English Civil War.




Description

A pair of full-face close helmets worn by cuirassiers during the English Civil War. The helmets would be part of an all-over plate armour similar to the later medieval knights except that the leg armour tended to be fully articulated and ended at the knee to make riding easier. This form of full coverage armour was becoming out-dated by the 1640's due to the increased use of firearms but could make the wearer very difficult to wound in a cavalry melee.

Location

Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2003

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