Description: Helmet of quilted silk over mail. The silk cover is of royal blue, with chevrons of yellow, red, green, white and blue decorating the cap and the bottom edge. Three flaps hang to the side and back, these also in royal blue edged with white. The interior is covered with red cloth.
Place collected: Not recorded
Date collected: 1910 about
Measurements: Overall: 420 mm; 16 9/16 in
Note: Curator's note: Helmets like these were worn by members of the Paro Penlop’s bodyguard. In January 1910, Bell negotiated a treaty with Bhutan, which secured British influence over Bhutan’s foreign policy, but without interference in Bhutan's internal affairs. It is likely he was given the helmet at this time, although the helmet is not recorded in the List of Curios, unlike other gifts from the Maharaja of Bhutan made during this mission. There is always the possibility that the helmet was given to Bell during a trip to Kalimpong and Bhutanese House, during visits to see the Bhutanese Agent.
Written by Emma Martin
N58.1992 [Photography Number]