Have his laurels slipped?

 

RIC VI (London) 177 v. ; Huvelin 51.

RIC VI (London) 177 v. ; Huvelin 51.

 

At first sight a nice example of RIC VI (London) 177, Huvelin 51 with a laureate helmeted left facing bust, spear over right shoulder, shield on left arm. But wait a minute – no laurels on the laureate helmet and it’s not a plain helmet either! So a plain band around the helmet ……….

I have seen a couple of other examples of this type of “band” from these issues of London and wasn’t quite sure what to make of them.

Chatting with a colleague last weekend (not many visitors at the Harrogate show because of the snow!) we were wondering whether the engraver may have forgotten to put on the laurel leaves. Then we spotted the second image in a DNW auction catalogue where it seems that just one pair of the laurel leaves has been forgotten revealing the plain band beneath.

 

DNW Auction Lot 706 April 2013

 

Maybe this might just explain these rare plain band types ……..

I had also considered whether it might be a radiate helmet and that the engraver had forgotten to add the sun’s rays. However, on this radiate example below, one can see that the other helmet decoration seems to be planned around the rays. On my original example the decoration covers that part of the helmet and doesn’t take account of any forthcoming rays – forgotten or not.

 

RIC VI (London) 168 ; Huvelin 42.

RIC VI (London) 168 ; Huvelin 42.