Georgiana Aitken from Christie's explains why the helmet is special
A metal detector enthusiast in Cumbria has discovered a rare Roman bronze helmet complete with face-mask.
It is believed to be one of only three of its kind to be found in Britain.
The helmet would have been worn, possibly with colourful streamers attached, as a mark of excellence by Roman soldiers at sport parades.
Described as a "hugely important discovery", it is now expected to fetch £300,000 at Christie's Antiquities auction in London on 7 October.
The Crosby Garrett Helmet has been named after the hamlet in Cumbria where it was found in a field in May.
The treasure hunter who found it has asked to remain anonymous.
Christie's described the find as an "extraordinary example of Roman metalwork at its zenith" and "the discovery of a lifetime" for a metal detectorist.
It is believed that Romans wore the helmets as a mark of rank or excellence in horsemanship.
During sporting events, cavalrymen were divided into two teams and took turns to attack and defend.
Similar helmets were found in 1796 and 1905.
"Moreover, you scorned our people, and compared the Albanese to sheep, and according to your custom think of us with insults. Nor have you shown yourself to have any knowledge of my race. Our elders were Epirotes, where this Pirro came from, whose force could scarcely support the Romans. This Pirro, who Taranto and many other places of Italy held back with armies. I do not have to speak for the Epiroti. They are very much stronger men than your Tarantini, a species of wet men who are born only to fish. If you want to say that Albania is part of Macedonia I would concede that a lot more of our ancestors were nobles who went as far as India under Alexander the Great and defeated all those peoples with incredible difficulty. From those men come these who you called sheep. But the nature of things is not changed. Why do your men run away in the faces of sheep?"
Letter from Skanderbeg to the Prince of Taranto ▬ Skanderbeg, October 31 1460
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