This type of sallet, with an open face and a long swept tail, was widely used by infantrymen in Italy. This example is stamped with armorer's marks attributed to Pietro Giacomo da Castello (documented 1485–1525), who worked for the dukes of Mantua.
Marking: Stamped on the left side of the rear of the bowl: P within the split foot of a cross;
On the right side of the rear of the bowl: a castle with two battlemounted towers.
Ex coll.: J.P. Morgan, New York; Baron Giulio Franchetti, Florence; Constantino Ressman; Louis Carrand, Lyon.
Houston. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Lively Arts of the Renaissance, loan exhibition," January 15–February 21, 1960, no. 70.
Galerie Sangiorgi. Catalogue des Objets d'art Ancien Pour l'Année 1910 p. 89.
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