Fine Antique Arms & Armour

German Morion Circa 1580 Ref: 17.151


Price: £1,385

Item Description:


A late 16th century German Morion in the Spanish fashion with a one piece crown of rounded almond shape and narrow flat integral brim projecting forwards and backwards into points. The edges are plainly folded as a rim and the base of the crown is fitted with round headed rivets which hold the remains of the inner liner in place and suspend the two tapering ear pieces from inside. A plume holder of gilt copper is attached by two rivets.


Overall the Morion is of plain form with "black from the hammer" finish. Morions of this sort were a common enough feature on late 16th and early 17th century European battlefields worn primarily by infantry in pike and shot formations. Inexpensive to manufacture they were exported by German smiths to foreign armies. Certainly Morions of this form were used across Northern Europe including England where examples are present in various public collections.


The Morion is 10 inches (25.5 cm) wide at the brim, 12.5 inches (32 cm) long and 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) high.


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