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Helmet

Few complete helmets have been recovered archaeologically in Virginia.  Several of the cabasset type that were commonly worn by infantrymen in the 17th century exist in the collections of  Jamestown Island (NPS), APVA Jamestown Rediscovery,  and those of Jamestown Settlement.  

The example shown here is a  burgonet and is the only helmet in the DHR collections.  The burgonet is a light, open-faced helmet with large, hinged cheekpieces. 

Each of these three cheekpieces belonged to a different burgonet and each was recovered from a different site of the Jordanís Journey group, an early-17th-century settlement, near Hopewell in Prince George County.  

44PG300/1E-69   Burgonet

Burgonetó recovered from 44PG300  in the spring of 1989.  It was smashed slightly and in very bad condition.  Extensive conservation was required in order to stabilize it and recover its shape.  The cheekpieces are missing from this example.

44PG302/EU1050-5   Cheekpiece 1446    

Cheekpiece with brass rivets from 44PG302

44PG307/48-181  Cheekpiece 2033

Cheekpiece recovered from  44PG307.

44PG332/1B-2  Cheekpiece 1380

Cheekpiece recovered from  44PG332.

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