The left cheek piece from a fine and rare German close helmet of C.1520. 9 1/2" width with roped lower edge channeled for the gorget top roll elongated chin pierced for a fastener pin. The back edge torn from its hinge. Upper edge and base pierced with a series of holes for the padded liner. The upper edge and base above the roped roll finely decorated in scrolling foliage on pelleted ground (goldschmeltz). The field decorated with a mystical sea creature, perhaps a mermaid. The decoration of fine quality and distinctive enough to identify the etcher through related work. See European Armour in the Tower of London, pl.XCI, top, for a Nuremberg helmet of the same type, although undecorated. Museum quality and condition.