lot 44

‡ A PERSIAN HELMET (KULAH-KHUD), QAJAR, MID-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 later sliding nasal bar secured by a thumb-screw (detached), decorated over the surface of the skull with cartouches filled with mounted hunters within gold koftgari frames surrounded by silver flowers and foliage, the base with calligraphic panels framed by gold koftgari en suite, early lining, and mail neck-defence of iron and brass butted rings 26.5 cm; 10 ½ in high