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New Model Army 'Lobster Pott' Helmet of the English Civil War period


This three-barred pott helmet was worn by an harquebusier, a more modern type of cavalryman armoured just with a buff coat, back and breastplate and this type of helmet. It became known as a 'lobster pott' due to the plated rear neck protector and this type of reduced armour protection made it easier for the cavalryman to fire a carbine as well as giving him the greater visibility needed for the faster-paced battlefield of the 17th century.


Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2003

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