Crosby Garrett helmet

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2015-06-26 10:51:56

The Crosby Garrett helmet is a bronze Roman helmet found in Cumbria, UK and sold in October 2010 for £2.3 million.

Description

The bronze helmet includes a full face mask and griffin crest on the peak. The piece has been intricately made and well-preserved.

Not intended for actual military use, it was designed to make a striking impact at Roman cavalry displays.

Roman Britain

Britain was under Roman rule from 43 AD until Constantine removed the British garrison in 410 AD.

Recent history

The Roman cavalry parade helmet was found by an anonymous metal detector enthusiast in a small village in Cumbria, UK in 2010. It dates from 1st or 2nd century AD.

Georgiana Aitken, head of antiquities at Christie’s, London: “This helmet is the discovery of a lifetime for a metal detectorist.”

It is one of only three such helmets found in the UK and the only one not in a museum. The Ribchester Helmet was found in 1796 and resides in the British Museum, while the Newstead Helmet, discovered in 1905, is kept at the National Museum of Scotland.

Sale

The helmet was bought by an anonymous American bidder for £2.3 million at a Christie’s auction in October 2010, far above the estimate of £200,000-300,000.

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