Material and Medium: Iron, silver, gold, horn, copper alloy, garnet and boar hair
Dimensions: Height to crown 190mm, height to bristles 285mm. Circumference 715mm. Weight 1441g.
Accession Number: 1995.260
This modern reconstruction of the Benty Grange helmet was made in 1986 by Martin Murphy. The original Anglo-Saxon helmet, dating to around 650 AD, was found by Thomas Bateman at Benty Grange, near Monyash, Derbyshire. The helmet was made of an iron frame. This was covered with horn plates which rotted away while it was buried.
The reconstruction was based on detailed research. Martin used horn from a breed of wild cattle found in Northumberland. Their horns are white with black tips. The white horn was used for the body of the helmet and the black for the bands. He made a bronze boar for the top of the helmet. It has gold decoration, garnet eyes and a crest of wild boar's hair.
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