Those of Saragossa were most in repute in the days of chivalry.
The complete head-piece, having in front two movable parts, which
could be lifted up or let down at pleasure.
One of the movable parts; it was to look through. Bever, or
drinking-piece. One of the movable parts, which was lifted up when
the wearer ate or drank. It comes from the Italian verb bevere (to
A low iron cap, worn only by infantry.
Mahomet wore a double helmet; the exterior one was called al
mawashah (the wreathed garland).
The helmet of Perscus
(2 syl.) rendered the wearer invisible. This was the “helmet of
Hades,” which, with the winged sandals and magic wallet, he took from
certain nymphs who held them in possession; but after he had slain
Medusa he restored them again, and presented the Gorgon's head to
Athena [Minerva], who placed it in the middle of her aegis.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894