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Coolus C

Coolus C

Roman helmets of Coolus type were based on Celtic originals, the namesake originating in the Coolus region of the Marne valley in France. The A and B examples were never fitted with a browguard, which first appeared in the "C" model as seen in this reproduction. Our example is based on two nearly identical originals found in the Schaan River in Lichtenstein. All other Coolus helmets found were missing their cheekpieces so the exact type used on a specific helmet must remain speculation. However, in the case of the Schaan River Coolus "C", its cheekpieces were intact, so this is the type copied. None of the Coolus C examples show any indication of ever having a crest attachment, and this may indicate that helmets in this group were specifically made to equip auxiliary soldiers enlisted from the provinces. The only iron Coolus helmet known is of this type, and was found at the Roman fort of Oberaden, occupied between 3 and 9 AD. Judging that the style was already in use for at least short time, it can be stated with reasonable accuracy that this helmet was used exactly 2000 years ago, at the start of the new millennium. Crests are not available with this helmet. Manufactured by the Deepeeka Group (India) in 18 gauge brass. Please specify head circumference when ordering to assure closest fit.

IPH0029... $250

Period appropriate felt liner and chinstrap, installed in our own shop in the US:
AA0002.... $50

 

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