Allen Antiques

These are the Cabassets in the study collection.
Western European Cabasset

Western European Cabasset circa 1580-1600 style

Tall form. Small flattened stalk. Narrow flat brim with rolled edge. Base of skull with row of iron lining rivets with decorative brass washers securing a cloth lining band. One small hole in the brim (probably used to hang the helmet). Indistinct mark on the brim. 8 inches tall. Careful examination shows it was constructed from 2 pieces which were welded together.

Not for sale.

Cabasset

Cabasset circa 1590

Tall form, small stalk, narrow down turned brim.

Not for sale.

Western European Cabasset

Western European Cabasset circa 1600

Rounded bowl formed in one piece rising to a slight point at the center of the top. Creased along the center and with a small stalk bent backwards at the point. Narrow brim slightly down turned. Brim with inward turn and narrow recess at the edge. Bottom of the helmet bowl with holes for lining rivets. 14 holes. Helmet 7 1/4 inches tall. Inside of bowl 7 inches wide and 8 1/4 inches long. Brim app. 1 inch wide at the sides and app. 1 1/4 inches wide at the front and back point. Acid cleaned. All lining rivets missing. Originally smooth finish.

Not for sale.

Western European Cabasset

Western European Cabasset circa 1600

Rounded bowl formed in one piece rising to a slight point at the center of the top. Creased along the center and with a small stalk bent backwards at the point. Narrow brim slightly down turned. Brim with inward turn and narrow recess at the edge. Bottom of the helmet bowl with holes for lining rivets. 14 holes. Helmet 7 1/4 inches tall. Inside of bowl 7 inches wide and 8 1/4 inches long. Brim app. 1 inch wide at the sides and app. 1 1/4 inches wide at the front and back point. Acid cleaned. All lining rivets missing. Originally smooth finish.

Not for sale.

Cabasset

Cabasset circa 1600

German. With a tall rounded skull with a central crease. Narrow flat brim with inward turned edge. Rough from the hammer surface with original black finish. Retains two cheek plates. and a later copper alloy plume holder.

Not for sale.

Cabasset

Cabasset circa 1600

German. With a tall rounded skull with a central crease. Narrow flat brim with inward turned edge. Rough from the hammer surface with original black finish. Retains one cheek plate. and a later copper alloy plume holder. signs of delamination on the inside and outside. Small internal patch in one area of the brim. Edge of the brim turned over wire.

Weight: 2 pounds 1.4 ounces (950 g). Thickness generally varies between .030 in and .050 in. with areas thinner and thicker. Appears (if there is any pattern at all) to be thicker at the top and thinnest near the brim.

Not for sale.

Cabasset

Cabasset circa 1600

German. With a tall rounded skull with a central crease. Narrow flat brim with inward turned edge. Skull with extensive delaminatin. Brim with cracks and patches. Rough from the hammer surface with original black finish. retains a later iron plume holder. 7 1/4 in. tall.

Not for sale.

Cabasset

Cabasset circa 1600

German. High rounded skull with a flat brim. Brim with inward-turned edge. Later plume holder. Rough from the hammer with remains of blackened finish.

Not for sale.

Cabasset

Cabasset circa 1600

Normal form, small stalk, narrow down turned brim.

Not for sale.

Cabasset

Cabasset circa 1600-1640

a rare German or Austrian Cabasset with the original rivets and the very rarely found original lining intact. The lining is composed of a single layer of fabric with fiber padding between it and the helmet bowl. The lining is sewn to a leather strip that it riveted to the edge of the helmet bowl. This cabasset has a couple of dings and dents and a minor split in its two piece construction. It is missing the checkpieces as is nearly the case in all surviving helmets of this type. As mentioned, this helmet is of two piece construction placing it within the 17th century, probably crafted between 1600 and 1640. It is believed to be German and Austrian as it was part of a castle/stronghold arsenal sold by Archduke Eugen in the mid to late 1920s. As such it was relatively well maintained which is why the lining survived. As you know, given their fragile nature and being prone to soiling and vermin, such linings are uncommon. This one is of fustian - a fabric composed of a linen warp and cotton weft. It is stitched to a leather strap which is attached to the helmet bowl by the lining rivets. It is partly detached but is all there. There is a hole in the brim for hanging in the guardhouse and armory, and there are four holes in the side where a plume or heraldic badge was at one time affixed. Incredible that it survived.

Not for sale.

Cabasset

Cabasset early 17th c.

German. One piece skull of rounded almond shape with narrow flat integral brim coming to an obtuse point at the front and back. The edge of the brim formed with a simple inward turn. Retains two cheek plates and interior leather band. One cheek plate detatched at one side. Parts of the band torn though at the rivets. Cheek plates are small and nearly flat. Black, rough from the hammer surface.

Not for sale.



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