Classic form C.1400 known as a "hounds skull" bascinet and so rare that of the handful of original examples in existence. nearly all are composite. The most recent example to be sold, according to our records, was from Hever castle in 1983 and it brought over $140,000 at that time, and it was described as composite. This example with heavy banded skull and separate top plate has a brass edged visor which removes by withdrawing the securing pins on th hinged pivots. The base is mounted with a heavy mail fall. Showing true age patina, It dates to the late Victorian or Edwardian period and is a one off example, probably made for a serious collector in the absence of the ability to secure a genuine specimen.