close helmet

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a 19th-century picture of a close helmet


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close helmet (plural close helmets)

  1. (historical) A helmet that entirely covers the head, including the face.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons (page 7)
      A close helmet entirely covers the head, face, and neck, having on the front perforations for the admission of air, and slits through which the wearer may see objects around him, this part which is stiled the visor lifts up by means of a pivot over each ear.

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