SF-D21822: Helmet crest holder

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Unique ID: SF-D21822

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper-alloy crest-holder from a Roman legionary helmet ('Coolus' type) of the 1st century AD, measuring 27mm in total height. The terminal of this holder is conical in shape, with a base diameter of 19mm and measuring 16mm in height. There is a central slot across the it, which is rectangular in shape with rounded corners, measuring 4mm in width. At the tip of the holder, which is divided in two by the slot, there are two opposing circular perforations, measuring c2mm in diameter. One is slightly lower than the other and may be a second hole after the first wore away as the upper fragment of this half of the crest holder is missing and very worn. Below the higher perforation there is a transverse groove, which appears to have been caused by wear.

The conical terminal is then waisted and then flares into a circular base, measuring 17mm in diameter. That the flat underside of this base was originally attached to the top of a bronze helmet with solder is clear as there is a thin layer of a silvery/grey solder remaining.

Similar helmet crest holders have been found at Chichester (Bishop and Coulston 1993, 94-95, fig 58, no 2) and another example is known from Wenhaston, Suffolk (see SF-170D83).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: AD 43
Date to: AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27 mm
Width: 19 mm
Weight: 35.05 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 16th April 2003

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Faye Minter
Identified by: Miss Faye Minter

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Finders reference: GK

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Combs

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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