Identifying the helmet in the window

I was walking around the Lower East Side, when I noticed this building (below left) on Clinton Street between Stanton and Rivington. It grabbed my attention because the lower level big windows revealed a look into these people’s apartments, and as you can see, none of them have curtains or blinds, allowing a look at what they are comfortable with people on the street seeing. And then I noticed one of them had what looks like an ancient battle helmet on a stand, and it’s not exactly the type of thing that one sees on a regular basis.

ancient helmet, not sure whether Greek, Trojan or Spartan
A helmet on display in an apartment on the Lower East Side.

I think it’s pretty cool looking, and I like the way it’s displayed, but then it dawned on me, I’m not 100% what type of helmet this is. Is it considered a Greek helmet? Trojan? Spartan? What’s the difference between those? I’m looking for answers online, and it’s not so clear cut from what I’ve seen so far. Of course, if you’re reading this and know a definitive answer, please share in the comments section below, but in the meantime, here’s what I’m coming up with …

The closest match I’m seeing right now via a Google image search is this group of helmets – but as you can see from the descriptions, I’m seeing everything from “Greek Corinthian” to “Athenian Helmet” to “Ancient Greek Spartan,” so which is it? One would think this would be a simple, straightforward answer, but I’m surprised to see that it’s not. Most of the “Corinthian” helmets I see have the feathered plumes, and this one appears to be metal (or bronze?), so is it still Corinthian? I checked the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s armor collection online, and their helmets labeled Corinthian all look like this, without the top part (which I saw someplace else referred to as a “meander”). Calling all historians, let us know!

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