Polish winged hussar helmet (shishak)


The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
Rapperswil, Switzerland

A hussar pappenheimer-type helmet with openwork wings. Poland, late 17th/ early 18th century.

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.


  • Title: Polish winged hussar helmet (shishak)
  • Date Created: 1650/1750
  • Physical Dimensions: 36 x 26,5 x 44 cm
  • Type: Militaria
  • Medium: Sheet metal, leather lining around the neck

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