- Museum number
Armet, made of steel, with a one-piece skull, two hinged cheekpieces embossed into a pronounced chin, and a 'monkey-faced' visor pivoted at either temple. The skull is fluted, has a roped comb and is embossed at the base to turn on the collar. The cheekpieces have the same roped embossed section at the bottom, are pierced for hearing at either side with five holes and are fastened by a pierced stud and swivel hook at the front. At the right front is a sprung stud for fastening the vizor. Round the base of the neck is a set of round headed lining rivets, lacking washers, and a series of flush rivets, some retaining fragments of leather lining band, around the face opening and side edges of the skull. The visor has a double sight with a step below and a section embossed with vertical flutes and pierced with rectangular breaths. On the step above these are a series of circular breaths. Low at the right is a hole which engages the sprung stud on the cheekpiece. The pivots are riveted, and have large domed heads decorated with hatching and dots, with rosette washers. There are various sets of construction holes on all components. The skull has several sets of holes at the rear and on the comb for the attachment of plumes. The exterior is polished bright. Low at either side of the cheekpieces is a fragment of probably later leather attached by two rivets, and there are two holes low at the rear of the skull possibly for the same purpose. At the centre front of the skull is a riveted repair.
- Production date
Height: 250 millimetres
Length: 340 millimetres
Weight: 2620 grammes
Width: 260 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Compare the armet Royal Armouries no.iv.412 attributed to Konrad Seusenhofer of Innsbruck. This could alternatively be Augsburg work. Inside is a circular white label printed Royal Archaeological Institute and handwritten '16'.
For further Burges' sketchbook of helmets, which closely relates to Burges' and De Cosson's exhibition of helmets and mail in London in 1880 (the catalogue published as 'Ancient Helmets and Examples of Mail', 1881), see Donald J. LaRocca, 'A William Burgess Sketchbook of Helmets, ca. 1880, Bashford Dean and G.F. Lawrence, and Renaissance Leatherwork from London', Journal of the Arms & Armour Society xix.5 (March 2009), pp. 197-207.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018 - 2019 8 Jun - 20 Jan, Ottawa, Canadian Museum of History, Medieval Europe
2017 11 Jul – 22 Oct, Spain, CaixaForum Zaragoza, Medieval Europe.
2017 9 Mar – 18 Jun, Spain, CaixaForum Barcelona, Medieval Europe,
2016 - 2017 19 Oct – 5 Feb, Spain, CaixaForum Madrid, Medieval Europe,
2015 - 2016 11 Dec- 10 Apr, Australia, Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Medieval Europe, power and legacy.
1952-1993 05 Dec-18 Jan, London, V&A, LT Loan.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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