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Helmet Collection

"Unyielding Protection: The Heroic Helmet in History and Art" From the valiant fireman rescuing a girl from the engulfing flames to the mighty warriors of ancient times

Background imageHelmet Collection: White water rafting

White water rafting, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, Pacific

Background imageHelmet Collection: Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934- 1968) in his space helmet. Gagarin became the first person in space when he was launched on Vostok 1 on 12 April 1961

Background imageHelmet Collection: Household Cavalry-Captain, 2nd Life Guards, 1900. Creator: Gregory & Co

Household Cavalry-Captain, 2nd Life Guards, 1900. Creator: Gregory & Co
Household Cavalry-Captain, 2nd Life Guards, 1900. 2nd Regiment of Life Guards was renamed 2nd Life Guards in 1877 and contributed to the Household Cavalry Composite Regiment in the Second Boer War

Background imageHelmet Collection: Ancient Greeks holding the pass of Thermopylae, 480 BC

Ancient Greeks holding the pass of Thermopylae, 480 BC
Greeks under Leonidas holding off the Persian invasion at Thermopylae, 480 BC. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageHelmet Collection: Wigan Fire Brigade, 1902

Wigan Fire Brigade, 1902
Mitchell and Kenyon 363 Wigan Fire Brigade 1902

Background imageHelmet Collection: Kaiser Wilhelm I, German Emperor

Kaiser Wilhelm I, German Emperor
Wilhelm I (1797-1888), King of Prussia and German Emperor, in uniform. late 19th century

Background imageHelmet Collection: WEST VIRGINIA: COAL MINE. The next trip. Coal miners sitting in a mining car

WEST VIRGINIA: COAL MINE. The next trip. Coal miners sitting in a mining car, ready to go into the mine shaft at Maidsville, West Virginia. Photograph by Marion Post Wolcott, September 1938

Background imageHelmet Collection: Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire

Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire
Heroic fireman rescuing a girl from a fire

Background imageHelmet Collection: 1993 British GP

1993 British GP
SILVERSTONE, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 11: Thierry Boutsen during the British GP at Silverstone on July 11, 1993 in Silverstone, United Kingdom. (Photo by Rainer Schlegelmilch)

Background imageHelmet Collection: 1994 San Marino GP

1994 San Marino GP
IMOLA, ITALY - MAY 01: Ayrton Senna during the San Marino GP at Imola on May 01, 1994 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Rainer Schlegelmilch)

Background imageHelmet Collection: Hermes, 1886. Artist: Jonnard

Hermes, 1886. Artist: Jonnard
Hermes, 1886. The Greek god Hermes with winged helmet and sandals. From The Magazine of Art. [Cassell & Company, London, 1886]

Background imageHelmet Collection: Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire

Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire
Heroic fireman rescuing a girl from a fire. Date: 19th century

Background imageHelmet Collection: A Man in Armour, 1655. Oil on canvas. Rembrandt van Rijn (1606- 1669 ) Dutch painter

A Man in Armour, 1655. Oil on canvas. Rembrandt van Rijn (1606- 1669 ) Dutch painter and etcher. Helmet Cuirass Lance Shield Cloak Red Profile

Background imageHelmet Collection: Police Officer London

Police Officer London
Police officer on duty in London with a George Vi helmet plate Metropolitan Police

Background imageHelmet Collection: The statue of Robert the Bruce, at the Bruce Monument at Bannockburn

The statue of Robert the Bruce, at the Bruce Monument at Bannockburn. This commemorates his 1314 victory over the English

Background imageHelmet Collection: Scotland forever, by Elizabeth Southerden Thompson, oil on canvas, 1881

Scotland forever, by Elizabeth Southerden Thompson, oil on canvas, 1881
Elizabeth Southerden Thompson, Lady Butler (1846-1933), Scotland forever, 1881, oil on canvas

Background imageHelmet Collection: French uniforms during the Napoleonic Wars

French uniforms during the Napoleonic Wars
French army uniforms: infantry 1814-1825, grenadier 1812-1815, and cavalry 1805-1812. Antique hand-colored print

Background imageHelmet Collection: Brooklands Race Poster

Brooklands Race Poster
A poster for the British equivalent of the Le Mans 24- hour race, the Brooklands Double-twelve hour race

Background imageHelmet Collection: Hannibal crossing the Alps with his army and elephants

Hannibal crossing the Alps with his army and elephants
SECOND PUNIC WAR : Hannibal, the Carthaginian leader, descending into Italy after crossing the Alps with his army, including war elephants

Background imageHelmet Collection: 1986 United States Grand Prix

1986 United States Grand Prix. Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. 20-22 June 1986. Ayrton Senna (Lotus 98T Renault) 1st position. He discusses things with Steve Hallam, Gerard Ducarouge and Peter Warr

Background imageHelmet Collection: Miner at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall

Miner at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall
Miner at work with a drill underground (below the sea) in Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall, which was just about to cease operation. Date: circa 1986

Background imageHelmet Collection: VIETNAM WAR, 1966. Members of the 101st Airborne Division moving across a rice

VIETNAM WAR, 1966. Members of the 101st Airborne Division moving across a rice field in search of Viet Cong. Photograph, 23 January 1966

Background imageHelmet Collection: A German soldier in a trench on the Eastern Front during World War II. Painting by A. Hierl, c1945

A German soldier in a trench on the Eastern Front during World War II. Painting by A. Hierl, c1945
EASTERN FRONT: GERMAN. A German soldier in a trench on the Eastern Front during World War II. Painting by A. Hierl, c1945

Background imageHelmet Collection: Hannibal / Naples Bust

Hannibal / Naples Bust
HANNIBAL Carthaginian general, famous for his crossing of the Alps

Background imageHelmet Collection: Television Chefs 'The Two Fat ladies'Jennifer Paterson

Television Chefs "The Two Fat ladies"Jennifer Paterson
Television Chefs " The Two Fat ladies" Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson-Wright pictured on motorbike with side car in Edinburgh before the launch of their book. 14th March 1997

Background imageHelmet Collection: German propaganda poster, WW1

German propaganda poster, WW1
German propaganda poster, encouraging women to work in the Home Army during the First World War, for example by working in munitions factories to make grenades for soldiers to use. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageHelmet Collection: Kaiser Wilhelm II, German Emperor, WW1

Kaiser Wilhelm II, German Emperor, WW1
Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941), German Emperor, in uniform during the First World War. Postcard reproduction of a painting by Fischer. Date: 1914-1915

Background imageHelmet Collection: APOLLO 11: BUZZ ALDRIN. Astronaut Edwin Buzz Aldrin standing on moon

APOLLO 11: BUZZ ALDRIN. Astronaut Edwin Buzz Aldrin standing on moon. Neil Armstrong and Eagle reflected in his visor
APOLLO 11: BUZZ ALDRIN. Astronaut Edwin Buzz Aldrin standing on moon. Armstrong and Eagle reflected in his visor, 20 July 1969

Background imageHelmet Collection: Angels of Mons, cover design for piano music

Angels of Mons, cover design for piano music
Angels of Mons (Reve Mystique), cover design for solo piano music by Sydney C Baldock, inspired by rumours of angelic intervention in the fighting (Battle of Mons, Belgium)

Background imageHelmet Collection: Advertisement for Patersons Camp Coffee

Advertisement for Patersons Camp Coffee, which is claimed to be the best

Background imageHelmet Collection: 1991 British GP

1991 British GP
SILVERSTONE, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 14: Nigel Mansell, Williams FW14 Renault, gives Ayrton Senna a ride back to Parc Ferme at the end of the race during the British GP at Silverstone on July 14

Background imageHelmet Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
Ayrton Senna (BRA) McLaren MP4/5B, retired with a puncture Mexican GP, Mexico City, 24 June 1990

Background imageHelmet Collection: Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934- 1968) in his space helmet. Gagarin became the first person in space when he was launched on Vostok 1 on 12 April 1961

Background imageHelmet Collection: French soldiers uniforms, 1790s

French soldiers uniforms, 1790s
French hussar, cavalry, and infantry uniforms, 1795-1796. Antique hand-colored print

Background imageHelmet Collection: A rock climber makes a first ascent of on the cliffs above the Llanberis Pass

A rock climber makes a first ascent of on the cliffs above the Llanberis Pass, Snowdonia National Park, Wales, United Kingdom

Background imageHelmet Collection: King Ethelred II The Unready

King Ethelred II The Unready
ETHELRED II The Unready King of England (reigned 978-1013 and 1014-1016)

Background imageHelmet Collection: Juan Manuel Fangio - Racing driver in action Circa 1955

Juan Manuel Fangio - Racing driver in action Circa 1955

Background imageHelmet Collection: 1962 Belgian GP

1962 Belgian GP
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM - JUNE 17: Jim Clark, Bruce McLaren, Innes Ireland, Maurice Trintignant and Carel Godin de Beaufort during the drivers briefing

Background imageHelmet Collection: Lifeguards on horseback, Horse Guards Parade, London

Lifeguards on horseback, Horse Guards Parade, London
Lifeguards on horseback in Horse Guards Parade, London. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageHelmet Collection: Amelia Earhart, pioneering aviator, with plane

Amelia Earhart, pioneering aviator, with plane
Amelia Mary Earhart (1897-1937), American pioneering aviator, standing in front of her plane. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageHelmet Collection: Ayrton Senna in McLaren MP4-5 at 1989 British Grand Prix

Ayrton Senna in McLaren MP4-5 at 1989 British Grand Prix
Ayrton Senna in the McLaren MP4-5 at 1989 British Grand Prix, Silverstone

Background imageHelmet Collection: Rocker & Rock Chic

Rocker & Rock Chic
Rebellious teenagers on a motorbike in Charlwood, Surrey. They are wearing their leathers, and the girl is swigging a bottle of shandy!

Background imageHelmet Collection: Formula 1 1982: 1982 F1

Formula 1 1982: 1982 F1
JANUARY 01: Gilles Villeneuve during the 1982 F1 on Friday January 01, 1982. (Photo by Ercole Colombo / Studio Colombo)

Background imageHelmet Collection: Recruitment poster, The Royal Marines

Recruitment poster, The Royal Marines. 20th century

Background imageHelmet Collection: 1976 Belgian GP

1976 Belgian GP
ZOLDER, BELGIUM - MAY 16: James Hunt during the Belgian GP at Zolder on May 16, 1976 in Zolder, Belgium. (Photo by David Phipps / Sutton Images)

Background imageHelmet Collection: Napoleonic Wars. Cuirassier. French Army. Heavy cavalry. Eng

Napoleonic Wars. Cuirassier. French Army. Heavy cavalry. Engraving. 1806

Background imageHelmet Collection: Ancient Roman costume

Ancient Roman costume from the time of the late Roman Republic -- warriors, legionnaires (infantry soldiers), a cavalryman, a centurion, an emperor in purple (red), an ensign bearer

Background imageHelmet Collection: Australian troops at remains of Chateau Wood, Passchendaele, 1917

Australian troops at remains of Chateau Wood, Passchendaele, 1917
WWI: PASSCHENDAELE, 1917. Australian troops walking along duckboards through the remains of Chateau Wood, during the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium. Photograph, 29 October 1917



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"Unyielding Protection: The Heroic Helmet in History and Art" From the valiant fireman rescuing a girl from the engulfing flames to the mighty warriors of ancient times, helmets have long symbolized courage and protection. In Jonnard's 1886 masterpiece "Hermes, " we witness a heroic fireman donning his helmet as he fearlessly rushes into danger, embodying bravery in its purest form. Rembrandt van Rijn's captivating painting "A Man in Armour" transports us back to 1655, where an armored figure stands tall with his helmet gleaming under the sunlight. This timeless depiction reminds us of the indomitable spirit that resides within those who wear such headgear. Fast forward to the adrenaline-fueled British Grand Prix of 1991, where speed and precision merge with safety. As racers zoom past at breakneck speeds on their BMW S1000RR motorcycles, their helmets serve as both shields against potential disaster and symbols of unwavering determination. In Geevor Tin Mine, Cornwall, a miner emerges from darkness wearing a sturdy helmet adorned with marks of resilience earned through years spent beneath unforgiving earth. His unwavering commitment echoes that of countless miners who rely on this essential piece of equipment for their daily survival. The streets of London come alive with authority as police officers patrol diligently while sporting their trusty helmets. These guardians ensure order prevails amidst chaos—a testament to how these protective headpieces empower individuals to uphold justice. Elizabeth Southerden Thompson's oil painting "Scotland Forever" captures a pivotal moment in history when Scottish soldiers charge fearlessly towards victory during battle—helmets shining brightly amidst swirling chaos. Their unyielding resolve is mirrored by Robert the Bruce's statue at Bannockburn Monument—an enduring tribute to Scotland's indomitable spirit throughout centuries. Even Hannibal himself knew the significance of protecting his troops' heads as they crossed the treacherous Alps, elephants and all.