Mounting a Roman crest 

Some of the Roman helmets used by legionaries and centurions were supplied with a crest holder, on which a crest could be placed. A crest is an adornment of a helmet, usually made of horsehair or plumes. 

Some sources suggest that legionaries had their crests mounted longitudinally and centurions had them mounted transversely.

The crest holder has the shape of a fork. A Roman helmet that is suitable to attach a crest to, has a slot on top of the helmet. The bottom of the crest holder slides into this slot. 

The crest is then placed on the crest holder with the middle prong being inserted into the crest. On both ends of the crest is some leather cord. The cords are tied to the small rings that are attached to the helmet for a secure placement. 


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