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Polish winged hussar helmet (shishak)

XVII w.

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

A hussar pappenheimer helmet, Poland, 17th century, preserved lining. The neck-guard is composed of five lames. The edges of the cheek pieces, neck-guard, and the peak are adorned with gilded rivets. A finial at the top.

A hussar shishak was a type of helmet commonly used by the Polish hussar cavalry. It resembled the West-European pappenheimer helmets. It appeared in several versions: with a finial on the top, with a high comb, or with fan-shaped wings attached to the skull.

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  • Title: Polish winged hussar helmet (shishak)
  • Date created: XVII w.
  • Physical Dimensions: 42 x 30 cm
  • Provenance: A deposit of A.S. Ciechanowski from London
  • Type: Militaria
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