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Title Munich Town Guard morion
Nationality German
Period c 1600

This was almost certainly made in Augsburg or Nuremburg, the two main armour manufacturing centres of Bavaria. By tradition, the Munich Town Guard wore these helmets together with a black and white half armour. The fleur de lis emblem commemorates the Virgin Mary. The period of production for these was roughly 1580-1620.

It is made in two halves, a much cheaper process than making the one-piece type.

It is nearly 11 inches tall and has eight of the original brass rosettes (five are missing), together with the plume socket at the rear of the skull. There may be an armourer's mark under the right hand front peak.

The helmet has a coat of thick black gloss paint, in all probability of somewhat later date than the helmet itself as there is clearly a surface of extensive scattered pitting underneath this paint.

The edge of it is rolled toward the underside over iron wire, the traditional method of construction of this era. The ear defences are missing, only a downward facing relic of old buff strap work testifying to their former existence.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Armour : German : 17th Century]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me £40-£50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Just a brief note to confirm that the sabre has been delivered today. All is as it should be. I have to say I’m impressed with the ‘custom’ packaging, obviously essential in your line of business. I have made a very quick inspection of the sword & it fully lives up to your accurate description, very pleased with the purchase.

M B, UK, 18.06.2015