Made by Konrad Seusenhofer,Innsbruck, Austria c. 1511-14. Part of an armour presented by the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I, to Henry VIII. 10 Responses Toria July 16, 2011 More steampunk than steampunk! I wonder if it was ever used in battle? Terrifying! Reply Martin W July 17, 2011 What an amazing object. The stubble! Reply Scott Lahti August 1, 2011 What – no flames? Where’s Arthur “I am the god of hellfire” Brown when you need him? Reply Martin H August 22, 2011 Such helmets were intended for parade use and possibly for tournaments. It was never ment for actual battle. The grotesque armors was propably seen as part of the entertainment back in the day – still are, you might say… Reply Ben September 28, 2011 I saw this last weekend. It’s in the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds. Reply Cheesy March 2, 2012 Not exactly a flattering profile. Reply Xenolite June 18, 2012 The specticals are an interesting touch. Did Henry use them? Reply Norry Wilson July 15, 2012 The specs, the profile, even the teeth ans stubble, are all modelled on the real Emperor Maximillian – a bit like today’s kids wearing celebrity masks… Reply Mario Valentino January 5, 2013 Astonishing! … but are those glasses or what?? Reply Sarah W February 8, 2014 …and I’ve read somewhere that Emperor Maximilian has a cold at the time this helmet was modelled on him, and If you look closely at his nose in the profile shot… ! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.