Helmet - 930.26.68_1

930.26.68_1

Helmet

Medium:Steel
Geography: Made in Birmingham, England, for the Egyptian army
Date: c. 1880
Dimensions:
52 x 22 cm
Object number: 930.26.68
Not on view
DescriptionThis helmet was prevously from the collection of Lord Grenfell, Commander of the Egyptian army at the Battle of Suakin in 1888 and Battle of Toski in 1889 during the Mahdist war in the Sudan. The ROM has an almost identical helmet (948.1.274) from the collection of Lord Kitchener, the Commander of the Anglo-Egyptian army at the battle of Omdurman in the same war. It is probable that both gentlemen acquired these helmets from fallen combatants of the opposing armies. However, originally they were made in about 1880 for the Egyptian army in Birmingham, England, based on an Ottoman Turko-Persian prototype. It is possible that the entire armored Egyptian force was lost in the Battle of Shaykan in 1883.
Collection:
Islamic World
Object History: Purchased by the ROM from H. Furmage of London in 1930. Prevously from the collection of Lord Grenfell, Commander of the Egyptian army at the Battles of Suakin and Toski in the Mahdist war in the Sudan.
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