I picked up this helmet today pretty cheap at the local flea market. I have seen these around for many years and have been told they are Spanish Franco period cavalry helmets. Looks like a Franco period crown on the plate.
Is this correct? Did these use plumes of some type? Any info you have would be appreciated. I cannot seem to find anything about these on the internet beyond a few pictures.
Ordinarily, I would not pick one of these up, but the price was right. Similar to a German cuirassier helm, but not as substantially made. Not really a "working piece" that a soldier would use in combat, but more of a ceremonial helmet with shortcuts in manufacture that one would not find even on German ersatz helmets.
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