Here's a nice picture:
If you're from England, I probably don't have to tell you what that is. But for those not from The Centre Of The Universe, or for those to whom history is merely something that happens to other people, that is the Anglo-Saxon helmet discovered at Sutton Hoo, now on display at the British Museum. The Sutton Hoo burial mound was first excavated in 1939 and a wealth of treasures were unearthed from an unidentified Anglo-Saxon king's burial ship.
This helmet has fascinated me ever since I saw the original as a schoolkid. I love the look of the piece.
The British Museum also has this replica, made by the Tower Of London Armouries, which shows the helmet in all of its original glory:
The trip down memory lane that led to the British Museum's website also sowed the seed of a mad idea now germinating inside the fizzing fireworks display that I sometimes, but not often, call my mind.
I have a spare Praetorian Lieutenant model. And that helmet would look just awesome on him.
And I have the week off work..
I'll get back to you if there is any progress.
All images © Trustees of the British Museum.