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The 2007 restoration of an Italian close helmet for the barriers revealed fascinating evidence of a working-lifetime conversion from one helmet into another, a change spanning some 60 years of history and two different cultures. It first uncovered traces of fine decoration that had remained hidden for four centuries, and then recreated the elegant coloured finish that the converted helmet was given for a tournament in the early years of the 17th century, possibly to celebrate a special occasion.
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