The House of Hohenzollern is a noble family and royal dynasty of electors, kings and emperors of Prussia, Germany and Romania. They took their name from their ancestral home, the Burg Hohenzollern castle near Hechingen, Swabia. The family coat of arms, first adopted in 1192, began as a simple shield quarterly sable and argent. A century later, in 1317, Frederick IV, Burgrave of Nuremberg, added the head and shoulders of a hound as a crest.
A GREEK BRONZE CORINTHIAN HELMET ARCHAIC PERIOD, CIRCA MID 6TH CENTURY B.C. Hammered from a single heavy sheet, of domed form, the neck-guard flaring, with elongated almond-shaped eye holes and a protruding rounded nose-guard, the bowl carinated horizontally, perforated along the perimeter, additional perforations centered low on the brow and one toward the back on either side; an ancient repair reinforcing the nose-guard