Artifact of the Day

3069.2

Zischägge

Germany or Austria (1620-1650)

Black-painted steel. Hemispherical one-piece ribbed skull with eye at tip. Riveted ogival fall and flaring, pointed nape defense of four deep, riveted lames. Bluntly pointed cheekpieces on pairs of leathers. Long, adjustable nasal, secured by wing screw, and having leaf-shaped upper terminal. Paint is modern, and where chipped, reveals a bluish surface beneath.