Mid 17th Century English Civil War Period Lobster Pot Zischagee Helmet The lobster-tailed pot helmet, also known as the zischagge, horseman's pot and harquebusier's pot, was a type of post-Renaissance combat helmet. It became popular in Europe, especially for cavalry and officers, from c. 1600; it was derived from an Ottoman Turkish helmet type. The helmet gradually fell out of use in most of Europe in the late 17th century; however, the Austrian heavy cavalry retained it for some campaigns as late as the 1780s.
The single nasal-bar type was characteristic of Continental Europe, whilst the three-barred type with a pivoting peak was more widely used in the British Isles. Many European-made lobster-tailed pot helmets were later imported to Britain during the English Civil War. The single piece skull is built with six radiating ribs, four lame articulated tail with turned edge and domed rivets. The ear defences are missing.
The broad pointed peak turned edge is stamped with a "XVII" mark to the underside, The lining of the helmet is missing, as expected for such an old piece. Some of the leather fittings are later replacements and some are original.Dimensions The helmet width is 16.25 inches (41 cm), its depth is 10 inches (25.3 cm) and its height is approximately 10.5 inches (26.7 cm). The helmet weighs 1.3 Kg. Condition The helmet is in fair condition for its age with some traces of rust on the back side, as seen in the pictures. The leather fittings have aged and have some degree of tearing. For further details and condition see pictures below...
The item "Mid 17th Century English Civil War Period Lobster Pot Zischagee Helmet" is in sale since Friday, November 06, 2015. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\Early Modern (1500-1800)". The seller is "theantiquesstorehouse" and is located in Portsmouth, Hampshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.