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 Henry Riggs, Paris (1895–1914; 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.
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, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Stephen V. Grancsay. 4th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 1930. p. 180, fig. 116.