National Geographic : 1982 Jan
A storehouse of arms and armor casts further light on Wolstenholme MISSING LINKS to the settlers' weaponry were forged by the stunning collectionat Graz. Chief conservatorAugust Gschiel (above) services an Austrian helmet made in 1601, similarto one from the settlement in Virginia (above right).Asked if the arsenalcould match a Martin'sHundred scourerfor cleaningmusket barrels (right), curatorPeterKrenn replied that he had more than 800, and showed how one screwed into a ramrod (farright). "I was utterly floored by Graz," says the author.He had begun his search at more famous museums such as the Tower of London. There he was unable to find close parallelswith the ordinary-typearmor of Wolstenholme Towne. The settlement's armor representsa transitionalphase in a periodwhen armorwas becoming heavier, yet covered less of the body, as gunpowder played an increasingrole in warfare. Mr. Noel Hume's attentionwas riveted when he finally saw the rank-and-filepieces at Graz: "It was as if the Austrianquartermasterhad assembled the collectionespecially for me."