Norman Helmet Rim posted 23rd January 2012

I’m looking for authentication for part of a conical Norman helmet found under the Malfosse stream about a month ago (found with Mark – Keeper of the Tools). Started out black and now after some serious cleaning in a electronic tank used to clean jewelery we have something that may be unique. Doesn’t look very interesting until you know about Norman helmets and the fact only around seven authentic ones exist and none are like the ones in the Bayeux Tapestry. What we have looks to me like the helmet rim of a very early conical helmet. If you want to understand this you need to read chapter one and two of this book(right click save as)
http://​www.secretsofthenormaninvasion.​com/imagemapfinds/​battlefieldfinds/​ARecordofEuropeanArmour.pdf (22.66Mb)

Now the first stage is probably to get the metal work looked at. The location was below the level of a 11th or 13th century Saxon horse shoe in exactly the right place to be a battlefield loss. I am cautious because I have found from previous experience that showing material to so called experts who have themselves never seen an object like the one they are shown is not the way forward (like the crossbow). Someone will have the expertise and they may be in France and are unlikely to be in England. I am also not going to leave it with anyone (because they may just think its just farm scrap and lose it

More to follow
So far so good – cautiously optimistic

Long thread with a number of photos here

and another here and more here and more here

and here and here

and last of all here

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