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OLD FRENCH HELMET

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- T\iO cift bo'.ssle!; -li : cc^;r^ : at Akii«va >-y C:.-■■-■■■ ■■ of -ibo <]v! jner Fir* !!•.■; w-\y+-to hf- o? g'fftt ft-j.fq'sicy -•-i' J <:o:-r-.-*:;i;< ■ „ .M. 'VSalftquin, itvd .ww ;;-vKm:--;-- ■«! bdrh./r. A ■>•> - : - ■-'• FfHDtb'faoiilies f>r*i»<'-'-if- J -•**•'-• - in tbe Cotnte de Pa>ia in 1840. ; M. Malfjquin, upotr being consulted fcurnea up Frenoh history and mad* careful comparison With illustrations. He is of tbe opinion th»f the helmet •Was worn about* tbe time of Linua X of France, that it?, about tbe re.gti of Edward IL, 12841327, making if roughly about Bix hundred yeare old M. Malaqum considered that illustrationabe has in bis possessions prove al moat conclusively that similar helmets were worn by foot soldiers during thperiod stated, and these illustrations ■bow plainly the identical snap 9 and the banging protection of chain mail. "With regard.to tbe emblem, M. Malaquin said that probably it was tbe disfcinguibsing badge of a feudal lord, •nd that it was not a national emblem. He had never come across anything i similar in the museum, and considers j tbat Mr Carter has unearthed an al- j tooat priceless relic. , \ *.. .*■ i.a H..1 il__ U.I I

It baa been suggested that tho helmet baa been handed down from generation to generation and treasured as an heirloom, but this suggestion is quashed by a very ordinary number ! ticket. Evidently tbe relic has, during its long career, seen bad days and passed through tbe bands of a dealer in curios The ticket is the usual redlined "lot " tickets, very much faded and dirty, but with a glass the numder 1288 can be faintly made out. This however, in no way detracts from the genuineness of the relic. Mr Carter haa, as yet, no definite idea of what be will do with his find, and at the present he has left ifc with. M. Malaguin. It seems a pity that this old relic ebould bave left the town, a3 the Borough Council have a fine collection of momentos of the old days, and this would have made a welcome addition. The treasure is an obviously ancient French war helmet, somewhat the shape of a low-crowned •'mushroom" bat, but with a slight oval brim, the front of which is curved back a little into a lip. The helmet is composed of r -ingle piece pf thick and heavy raw bide, apparently moulded on a

woiden or other block while it wa.* green and pliable and allowed to drj Over the tap of the crown and o* hnr'h sides of the brim a finely wove*

/.va* is stretched, and this Covered by a heavy, lustrous blacl*, qtier. A little from the edge, on tb der side of tbe brim, runs a line <■ elets, except for a gap of about si* cbesin the front of tbe face. T. hese chain mail was evidently attach ed, falling down to the shoulders' and farther protecting the head and neck. Tag ends of leathern tbongs s-ipg* • that the helm did not fit down on tthe bead, but wag supported by paddr ing to an inch or two above it. Th<-\ j is little decoration,, but on tbe crowi. front is an emblem worked in gold lacquer, a rose and leaves, and the brim underneath was at one time also gold lacauer, but this is almost worn off.

. Considering its undoubtad antiquity the relic is in a remarkable slate of preservation. . The padding has long go disappeared, and there are two reaka in the lacquer of the crown, and smaller chips round tbe brim edge but apart from these the helmei is al most perfect.

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OLD FRENCH HELMET, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4380, 20 March 1914

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OLD FRENCH HELMET Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4380, 20 March 1914

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