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It is a picklehauble as worn by an Underofficer in the Sova and Jula dragoons around the turn of the 19th/20th centuries and had been bought in Sweden by the specialist British dealer who entered it into the sale.

With a leather skull, a top spike and front plate with banners depicting two lions and three coronets surmounted by the Swedish crown and leather and chin scale straps the helmet was attractive enough in itself but more importantly as far as the market in arms and armour is concerned, it was in ‘near Grade One’ – that is almost perfect – condition and it attracted keen interest before it sold to a British collector at £300.