Well, it is: a brass replica of the helmet worn by Roman officers as well as Praetorian Guardsmen in Ancient Rome. Clearly based on the Praetorians depicted in the famous Louvre Frieze and elsew (see accompanying photo is from the Antoninus Pius monument in Rome). Fits up to a size 7 3/8 head, measures just over 24" inside circumference. This is a "dress" type helmet, NOT a "combat" one... not recommended for SCA use. It is, however, real brass (18 gauge), and not plastic, stainless steel, or some "metal-like substance" found out t The real Romans used bronze during the Republic, then eventually replaced it with brass by the 1st/2nd Century CE. Consequently, the metal used for this helmet is correct.The crest is 100% horsehair, and is a fairly bright red in color. I have dyed and fitted this crest specifically to this helmet; it is removable, but stays in place unless someone yanks real hard on it. Real animal hair does not look like the plastic hair we see in movies, BTW... it gets dented, smooshed, etc., unless you store the helmet on a bookshelf (or in my case, atop the fridge). If it gets messed up, the hair can be steamed and/or blow-dried back into place. This helmet does not come with a liner. These were the last of a batch made in Canada a couple years back; Iâe(tm)ve used these for movie work and history shows (see pic), as they look spectacular once youâe(tm)ve assembled the complete kit, or in your office, wver. This is not a business, I'm selling off some of my stuff b/c I need the money; so ask questions first, all sales final unless item is not the exact one shown in the picture... Buyer pays shipping (your choice, USPS, UPS, etc), and insurance if desired. Shipping prices shown are estimates only. Check, money order, or cashier's cheque preferred, helmet is sent once payment clears. Frankly, no one out t makes these any more... t simply is no one else selling a Roman Officer helmet made this accurate for this price anyw (check for yourself). Good luck!