The Montefortino style of helmet originated among the Celtic people of Gaul (modern France). Tribes of Celts invaded Italy after 400 B.C.E., sacking Rome around 390.
Native Italians were quick to adopt the military styles of the conquerors. By the time of the Punic Wars against Carthage in the 200s, the Montefortino helmet had become standard equipment for soldiers of the Roman republic.
This helmet is made from a single spun brass dome. A single ring is attached to the inside of each cheek plate.
There is no padding or webbing inside this helmet.
Internal Circumference: 710mm
Cheek plate length: 145mm
Type A Montefortino Helmet from the Higgins Collection
The workmanship and delicate decoration on this helmet suggest it is an early example of the Montefortino style, but it is impossible to be sure whether it was made by a Celt, Roman, or Etruscan.