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Imperial Italic D

Roman Imperial Italic D

This highly decorated helmet seems like it may be quite unique at first glance. However, it was apparently a mass produced piece, as a second very similar cheekpiece has been found, as well a another complete helmet (Imperial Italic E), which apparently had the same style decoration, though most had been stripped off when it was discarded. This helmet is often depicted in modern artwork as a centurion's headpiece, but the surviving fore and aft crest attachment hooks suggest it belonged to a regular soldier. Because it is so distinctive, it is tempting to think that it may have been a special item for a particular unit. The first that comes to mind is the Praetorian Guard, and indeed, the Roman historian Tacitus mentions the praetorians wore different style helmets from the legionaries. The fact that the helmet has features indicating Italian manufacture also suggests a praetorian connection. Another possibility is that it was a helmet belonging to a particular legion. With the twin eagles holding "victory" wreathes the legion which first comes to mind is Legion XIIII Gemina Martia Victrix. The fact that the helmet and separate cheekpiece were both found at Mainz (and the Italic E nearby) where this Legion was stationed for many years adds further credence to this possibility. Like all of our Imperial-type helmets, the same crest offerings are available. Manufactured by the Deepeeka Group (India) of 18 gauge steel with brass decorations. Please specify head circumference when ordering to assure closest fit.

IPH0028.... $275

Period appropriate felt liner and chinstrap, installed in our own shop in the US:
AA0001.... $50

Imperial Italic D

 

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