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Leather civilian hat fitted with iron bands

Why do you think Bradshaw wore a metal reinforced hat during the trial?

This hat belonged to Lord John Bradshaw, a judge at the trial of Charles I. At his trial the King was found guilty of treason, and executed soon afterwards. Bradshaw’s hat has a wide leather brim, but the leather has peeled off the top part of the hat to reveal armour plating with bands of metal bars under the leather. Gallery 2: The Ashmolean Story

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