Attributed to Lorenz Helmschmid (German, Augsburg, ca. 1445–1516)
Steel, copper alloy, gold
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm); W. 9 in. (22.9 cm); D. 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 15.7 oz. (2261 g)
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1929
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This sallet was a new type probably invented by Lorenz Helmschmid for Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519) around the time he became head of the Holy Roman Empire in 1493. Its construction, with the falling buffe (chin defense) pivoting on the same points as the visor, anticipates the development of close helmets around 1510. The gilt fleur-de-lis trim, which originally bordered the entire helmet, is a typical late Gothic decoration on armors of high quality and is found on several that belonged to Maximilian and other members of the Habsburg court.