Cheek guard from the Staffordshire helmet
Replica of the Staffordshire helmet, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

The Staffordshire helmet is an Anglo-Saxon helmet discovered in 2009 as part of the Staffordshire Hoard. It is part of the largest discovery of contemporary gold and silver metalwork in Britain, which contained more than 4,000 precious fragments, approximately a third of which came from a single high-status helmet.[1] Following those found at Benty Grange (1848), Sutton Hoo (1939), Coppergate (1982), Wollaston (1997), and Shorwell (2004), it is only the sixth known Anglo-Saxon helmet.

The helmet, along with the entire hoard, was purchased jointly by the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, and is currently undergoing conservation work. In 2012 a second find of metalwork, including the second cheek guard, was made at the original site.

The helmet is believed to have been made around AD 600-650.[1] Two replicas of the crested helmet have been made for display in the museums in Birmingham and Stoke.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Staffordshire Hoard Helmets Revealed for Public Display". Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  2. ^ Addley, Esther (23 November 2018). "Ornate gold helmet from Staffordshire hoard recreated". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 November 2018.