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18 September 2005 SRW

Arundell Helm

Tisbury, Wiltshire, UK

From a framed, parchment underneath:
"Unlike the great majority of funerary helms, the Arundell Helm, made c.1550 at Nuremburg, is a fighting helm,
and was almost certainly worn by Thomas, First Lord Arundell of Wardour (1560-1639), the 'Valient', who was created a Count of the Holy Roman Empire
by the Emperor Rudolph II, for his services at the Battle of Gran, in Hungary, at which he captured a Turkish standard in 1595. Censured by Queen Elizabeth I
for his temerity in accepting a foreign title, he received an English Barony from James I in 1605.

"Adapted as a funerary helm, this piece of armour would have been surmounted by the family's crest, a Wolf Passant Argent, made of painted wood.
This has long since vanished.

"The Arundell Helm was restored at the Tower Armouries in memory of John, sixteenth and last Lord Arundell of Wardour,
Captain, Second Battalion, the Wiltshire regiment. Taken prisoner of war in Belgium in 1940, he was finally imprisoned in Colditz after several attempts to escape.
Repatriated owing to illness due to his privations, he died at Chester on the 25th September 1944, before he could reach his much-loved home:
a gallant representative of an illustrious family.


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