lot 43

‡ A PERSIAN HELMET (KULAH-KHUD), QAJAR, FIRST HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY with hemispherical skull fitted at its apex with a sharply tapering spike on a moulded base, at the front with a pair of tubular plume-holders with a staple between, the latter retaining a sliding nasal bar secured by a thumb-screw, decorated with a band of courtly hunting scenes around the base, the mounts enriched with gold koftgari, early padded lining, and mail neck-defence of butted iron links 32.5 cm; 12 ¾ in high