This charm depicts an open Burgonet helmet recovered by archaeologists from one of Jamestown’s wells, dated 1617-1622.
Burgonets are characterized by the tall comb on the top and hinged cheek pieces on either side of the face. The helmet is now missing its cheek pieces, but the tall comb differentiates it from the slightly earlier style Cabasset helmet. The comb appears decorative and intimidating, but it also was a form of protection, reinforcing the center of the helmet to protect the skull.
This sterling silver charm measures 1/2″ tall and 1/2″ wide at its widest points.
Made for APVA by Hand & Hammer Silversmiths.