The decoration of the front panel combines motifs from French and Flemish ornament prints. The figure in the central oval represents Mars or another personification of war.
[Frédéric Spitzer, Paris, by 1882–d. 1890; his estate sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, June 10–14, 1895, no. 396, for Fr 1,200 to William Henry Riggs]; William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Triumph of Humanism: A Visual Survey of the Decorative Arts of the Renaissance," October 22, 1977–January 8, 1978.
San Francisco. de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Triumph of Humanism," October 22, 1977–January 8, 1978.
Gazette des Beaux-Arts. "La Collection Charles Stein." Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Courrier Europeen, de L'Art et de le Curiosité, 2, XXXIII
Galerie Georges Petit. Catalogue des Armes et Armures Faisant Partie de la Collection Spitzer. Paris: Galerie Georges Petit, June 10-14 1895.
Dean, Bashford, and Robert T. Nichol. Handbook of Arms and Armor, European and Oriental, edited by Stephen V. Grancsay. 4th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 1930. p. 180, fig. 116.