Pawn Stars: 1640s Cromwellian Lobster Tail Helmet | History

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RICK: What do we have here? ALEXIS: Well, it
is a Cromwellian Lobster Tail helmet. RICK: This style of helmet
was popular in England during the English Civil
War, happened in the– 1642. RICK: 1642, you’re good. –to ’51. Oh, good. You know your history, yeah. [laughter] ALEXIS: Today, I’ve
got a 1640s Cromwellian Lobster Tail helmet. There’s a lot of people that
are interested in this genre of arms and armament, so I’m
asking $3,500 for the helmet, but I think I’d be willing
to sell for $2,000. RICK: This thing
is definitely cool. It was just really a
bizarro, weird civil war. It was the King
saying I’m in charge, and Parliament saying,
well, you’re in charge, but not really in charge. You had Cromwell and the
Puritans, and all this. And basically, the king lost. Mm-hmm. And he also lost his head. [laughter] As it happens. RICK: This was
high-tech and, I mean, really, it was a lot better than
earlier wars, where they just had, basically, a steel
dunce hat on their head, and they would have
this flap on the back. And they had leather
straps on the side, so it gave a little support. So when you got hit on the
head, it wasn’t as bad. ALEXIS: OK. RICK: During the
English Civil wars, these helmets were
used by both sides, and this design was
considered really high-tech. You had something that flexed
and protected your neck. But I have to say,
there’s something about this lobster tail
helmet that’s a little fishy. [laughter] So how much you
want for this thing? ALEXIS: I’d love to
get $3,500 for it. RICK: OK. I have some concerns right
off the bat with this thing. ALEXIS: Mm-hmm. RICK: The reason
why it was called a lobster tail helmet
was cause this flexed like a lobster tail. This is all one piece. Mm-hmm. RICK: And that
really concerns me. Do you mind if I have
someone look at it? ALEXIS: Sure.
RICK: OK. You can hang out
for a little bit. I’m going to go call somebody,
and get him down here. I wonder if they’ll
come back in style. ALEXIS: When he mentioned that
he was calling in an expert, I felt a little nervous. But I think that this piece
would be perfect in the shop, and I think they’d do
really well with it. RICK: It’s really cool looking,
but I’m not exactly an expert on lobster tail helmets. So I’m calling in
my friend Alex, who will know all about this. ALEX: Ah, the lobster
tail pod helmet. So my big concern is that
this tail doesn’t flex. ALEX: OK.
Well, this is Cromwellian. Basically, Cromwell
had supporters. They called them the
Roundheads, and they were diametrically
opposed to the Royalists, who supported King Charles. They called them the Cavaliers. RICK: OK. ALEX: This is why it’s
called the lobster tail. Traditionally, I
guess you could say, this would have
been three sheets of metal riveted
together, so it had a little bit of articulation. They did make them like this
for lower-status soldiers. It was preferred by officers. But this shouldn’t
be a reason to think that this is incorrect. RICK: All right. ALEX: There’s a lot of
history around this helmet. This was a brutal
time to be at war. They’re using giant
swords, they’re using axes. There were so many
things, that a helmet was crucial to saving your life. RICK: So what do you
think it’s worth? ALEX: If this were true to
the period, this would be– I could see it getting $3,500. There are some rivets
here, and some pieces of leather on the inside. Those are for cheek
pieces, so they would have been worn on
either side, and hung freely. Now, it’s very typical
that they’re missing, because they were connected
by leather, typically. You can see some of
that leather still here. I don’t see too much
350-year-old leather. The other thing is
it’s really light. This wouldn’t have been
worn in the battle. There’s just no way that
this would have stopped a blow from a broadsword. I would think that it’s
actually a Victorian copy. As a Victorian copy, a
couple hundred bucks. RICK: Thanks, man.
I appreciate it. You’re welcome.
I’m really sorry. [laughter] ALEXIS: No worries. RICK: I’d give you $50 for it. [laughter] ALEXIS: Yeah. No, at that price, I
think I’ll just keep it. RICK: OK.
I understand. Like I said, it happens. What are you going to do? Thanks so much.
RICK: You, too. Bye-bye. Bye. For $50, I think I’ll just
go ahead and take it home, and enjoy it while watching
my favorite British movie with some wine or something.


Prajwal Deula

Mar 3, 2019, 4:47 am Reply

Im giving u 50cent and im taking huge risk

I Am Brit

Mar 3, 2019, 6:06 pm Reply

Rick is always trying to outsmart people and give them a history lesson. He was surprised she knew those dates. ?

evan albright

Mar 3, 2019, 9:00 pm Reply

I didn't know that t series had no neck

Loud Thunder

Mar 3, 2019, 6:03 am Reply


The Final Bell

Mar 3, 2019, 2:11 pm Reply

At first I was like "wow she's cute".

Then I heard her recite history and was like "???"

Darwinian Bonobo

Mar 3, 2019, 9:50 am Reply

Too bad my wife didn't have the real helmet

Rishal Singh

Mar 3, 2019, 10:19 pm Reply

The professional always low balls the price.. corrupt pple


Mar 3, 2019, 2:15 am Reply

Still cool

Clifton Moore

Mar 3, 2019, 2:08 am Reply

Now she’s gonna lie to someone else and try to sell it privately for a lot more.

Abu Hajaar

Apr 4, 2019, 9:27 pm Reply

Good girl, keep it! A Victorian copy is still worth way more that $50, in fact it's probably real after observing how shiesty these guys are! Who are these experts anyway? Probably their cousins and extended family members!


Apr 4, 2019, 4:51 pm Reply

I love how the king can be tried for treason


Apr 4, 2019, 5:35 pm Reply

What's her ig

Billy Mays loves drugs

Apr 4, 2019, 7:40 am Reply

Is that a turtlewomen? Thought they ent extint decades ago..


Apr 4, 2019, 2:55 pm Reply


stay triggered snowflakes

Apr 4, 2019, 8:59 pm Reply

she cut af

aidan mcnally

Apr 4, 2019, 9:50 pm Reply

baby got back!

Fraser Barnstaple

Apr 4, 2019, 10:05 am Reply

ECW finished 1649, upon the execution of the King, not 1652


Apr 4, 2019, 7:14 am Reply

She's very cute


Apr 4, 2019, 11:38 pm Reply

At 1:36, do you want to explain to me this Walmart sticker Miss?

Woof Dog

May 5, 2019, 10:34 pm Reply

Who wears a scarf in Vegas ?

Charles P

May 5, 2019, 3:40 am Reply

Finally a respectable customer.

Brendan McCallion

May 5, 2019, 6:47 am Reply

Brexiteers would he all over this


May 5, 2019, 1:43 pm Reply

That scarf is distracting

Ronald Butler

May 5, 2019, 2:05 am Reply

Shes a beautiful, And extremely intelligent

mexighosthunter 86

May 5, 2019, 2:11 am Reply

Cutest girl ever on pawn stars????❤

Steven Hickman

May 5, 2019, 6:36 pm Reply

I'm sure most people are retarded either that or they don't have internet lol She could of found out in five minutes if that was real or fake from home lol


May 5, 2019, 1:33 am Reply

Rick cracks Rick up!!


May 5, 2019, 7:28 pm Reply

A lobster is a crustacean. Just like the old man.

Dejan Nedic

May 5, 2019, 3:19 am Reply

all of this episodes are just acting and advertising nothing is real…they already known scenario simply


May 5, 2019, 3:28 am Reply

For some reason when I hear it's fake I look right at the seller's eyes and body. Some I suspect will try and pass it off on ebay and just mention "they don't know" if it is real or come up with a "I inherited this and don't know" story.


May 5, 2019, 3:31 am Reply

True story wanted to share: I was chatting with a friend at work and he was telling me about his grandpa who supplements his living selling antiques at flea markets. He buys cheap stuff overseas and buries them in his backyard. I guess it makes the items appear older by oxidation and wear. He said he looks really frail and just sits there and people throw money at him for the items. Beware of what you buy!

Marlon Brando

May 5, 2019, 4:01 pm Reply

She could have my helmet for Free anytime..

Chad M

May 5, 2019, 4:19 pm Reply

She’s in Vegas. Why is she dressed like it’s January in Alaska.

Thomas L

May 5, 2019, 5:05 pm Reply

Jew stars


May 5, 2019, 10:34 am Reply

She knew it wasn’t legit.

manic skull

May 5, 2019, 10:01 pm Reply

if you get hit on the head with a sword it would hurrrrrtttttt

Ahmad Auwad

May 5, 2019, 12:51 pm Reply

She looks like the pigs from angry birds

Nikki Lovee

Jun 6, 2019, 2:37 pm Reply

She looks cold

Jake Peralta

Jun 6, 2019, 4:07 pm Reply

what a cutie

Chris Alaniz

Jun 6, 2019, 11:10 pm Reply

She's hot

James Odom

Jun 6, 2019, 5:55 pm Reply

Someone knows how to google in advance.

Lucius Head

Jun 6, 2019, 7:16 pm Reply

I believe these people in the show a Liars & Crooks the never going to give you the price that you want or the value of the peace!!! I see these buyers as con artist!!!

miguel vazquez

Jun 6, 2019, 3:16 pm Reply

Dame she's fine.


Jun 6, 2019, 1:53 am Reply

She does have some nice milkers


Jun 6, 2019, 6:55 am Reply

The girl is adorable.

Jerome Williams

Jun 6, 2019, 6:46 pm Reply

He always giving out a history lesson

Joshua Neasbitt

Jun 6, 2019, 2:05 pm Reply

I will give you 2 dollars that's the best I can do

Tim Holder

Jun 6, 2019, 7:30 pm Reply

Remember that these people make a living conning people out of their money.


Jun 6, 2019, 4:24 pm Reply

3:55 4:00 Rick is shaking his head to stop just stop tell her it's fake so I can rip her off


Jun 6, 2019, 11:46 pm Reply

His fake sighs

Jason Jackson

Jun 6, 2019, 1:50 pm Reply

She knew it wasn’t authentic when she came in …. ?


Jun 6, 2019, 11:23 pm Reply

It's a metal baseball cap with the bill on backwards.You'd look good in the hood …..

Tyler James

Jun 6, 2019, 2:45 am Reply

the expert is called in to give a lowball appraisal


Jun 6, 2019, 4:35 am Reply

I love how these ppl come in expecting loads of money then they find out its not as much as they asked for.

Arm D

Jun 6, 2019, 6:26 am Reply

Customer: I'm nervous the expert is coming in

Hacking tutorials

Jun 6, 2019, 4:29 pm Reply

Her voice is beautiful ❤️

Jake Landshark

Jun 6, 2019, 4:49 pm Reply

All this talk of lobster makes me want a lobster roll.

Rugby Bull

Jun 6, 2019, 5:42 am Reply

This is fake. She was paid to come in with a f helmet

Israel Moreno

Jun 6, 2019, 2:07 pm Reply

I’d bang the chick and give her 2,000


Jun 6, 2019, 2:40 pm Reply

I want chocolate milk

Alfredo Tercero

Jun 6, 2019, 7:31 pm Reply

What's that on her neck?

Mike Ratkiewicz

Jun 6, 2019, 4:06 am Reply

Obvious fake skits are obvious.

Dj Akademiks Sandusky

Jun 6, 2019, 10:52 pm Reply

Rick: I’ll give you $5 bucks for it and a free Burger King coupon. ???

Michael Somers

Jun 6, 2019, 11:15 pm Reply

Wasent very popular in Ireland

Kjbkjb kjbkjb

Jun 6, 2019, 12:53 pm Reply

Who needs a scarf like that in Vegas?

dragon master

Jun 6, 2019, 5:31 pm Reply

My dumbass didn't see helmet in the text so I thought this was a legit Lobster tail from the 1600s lmao

Wesley Hempoli

Jul 7, 2019, 6:05 am Reply

Rick has 100s of millions of dollars, but paying $500 is always a huge risk for him

Bigz 223

Jul 7, 2019, 9:24 am Reply

Kinda actually looks like a game of thrones prop grey worm had that same exact helmet

Человек Простой

Jul 7, 2019, 3:03 pm Reply

Ricks laugh must become a ringtone

Chuck Chukwood

Jul 7, 2019, 10:54 pm Reply

As a historian and a male I absolutely love this lady. Just in general she's super cool. Not to mention very beautiful.

Bad Cattitude

Jul 7, 2019, 3:26 am Reply

If I tried to sell something there I'd start at like a bazillion dollars or something ridiculous like that… that way I'd have a little more room to negotiate


Jul 7, 2019, 3:30 am Reply

she has the look of, "i don't care about the history, whats the most amount of cash i can get?"


Jul 7, 2019, 8:06 pm Reply

She is adorable?

Jobcenter 57

Jul 7, 2019, 1:08 pm Reply

4:18 im rly siorry to rip you off but this isnt a copy and i know it but i say it is so rick can rip you and pay my bills

Israel T.

Jul 7, 2019, 11:57 am Reply

Bronchial laughter..

Israel T.

Jul 7, 2019, 12:03 pm Reply

How pretty this woman is!!

Michael B Dumaguing

Jul 7, 2019, 11:03 pm Reply

4:39 mic on her back

Learn in 15 Minutes

Jul 7, 2019, 3:29 am Reply

Can Rick give the history lecture while they wait for the expert..Just to save everyone's time

Wahn Cologne

Jul 7, 2019, 2:28 pm Reply

her scarf says I'm smart and have money..


Jul 7, 2019, 2:54 am Reply

Let me call a guy to tell you its junk

steve mc. creampie

Jul 7, 2019, 11:16 am Reply

Alex with his lobsterdick

Cuban Jorge

Jul 7, 2019, 11:44 pm Reply

This lady is adorable..

Colega Beats

Jul 7, 2019, 7:54 am Reply

She's adorable

Brian M

Jul 7, 2019, 5:54 am Reply

Advice is free ? ?… she knew it was a replica

Jdeckles YT

Jul 7, 2019, 2:37 pm Reply

I’ll give ya a nice firm handjob and a toothbrush that’s the best I can do I’m taking a huge risk here

Mine Craft in a nutshell

Jul 7, 2019, 7:45 am Reply

I have a rare pebble called a rock i think its 500000 dollars

Jus Josef

Jul 7, 2019, 3:49 pm Reply

Sweater scarf in Vegas’ first clue

Wallaby Gaming

Aug 8, 2019, 3:20 pm Reply

She has a lot of hickies, change my mind.

Shakur Rakhimov

Aug 8, 2019, 3:30 am Reply

I just wanna open my medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles that's my dream job.

John OBrien

Aug 8, 2019, 10:58 pm Reply

I think the lobster tail helmet will look really good In the shop…and that's been my primary concern all along.

Isaac Dietz

Aug 8, 2019, 8:25 pm Reply

Isn't the shop in Vegas? There's absolutely no need for a scarf

TheMan TheLegend

Aug 8, 2019, 1:36 pm Reply

Nice scarf isnt this vegas?

Yonaton Kadosh

Aug 8, 2019, 6:26 am Reply

The ladys face looked like a robber just busted by the cops when he told her it was fake


Aug 8, 2019, 11:00 pm Reply

I need to give her a contract

Gustavo Nunez

Sep 9, 2019, 12:02 am Reply

How are these experts always available to come in.


Sep 9, 2019, 6:43 pm Reply

What tattoo did she have on her neck?

who cares

Sep 9, 2019, 5:03 am Reply

??cromwell was the scourge of ireland??

Anthony Smith

Sep 9, 2019, 10:59 am Reply

I love lobster tails


Sep 9, 2019, 2:11 am Reply

Why that scarf in Vegas yo?

Pauloshawn Olivarez

Sep 9, 2019, 11:22 am Reply

I love what you doing guys .. keep it up!

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