ca. 1470; gilt mounts, probably added early 16th century
Steel, copper alloy, gold, velvet
H. 11 in. (27.94 cm); W. 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm); D. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm); Wt. 8 lb. 1 oz. (3655 g)
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, armor was frequently decorated using fabric coverings, gilt metal appliqués, and even jewels. Sallets covered with red velvet and decorated with gilt mounts were especially popular in Venice and continued to be worn in Venetian civic pageants well into the eighteenth century. The coat of arms at the brow of this example is that of the Capelli family.
Ex coll.: Zschille Cat. no. 60, pl. VIII
Demmin, August. Zweiter Ergänzungsband für die vier Auflagen der Kriegswaffen in ihren geschichtlichen Entwicklungen, eine Encyclopädie der Waffenkunde. Vol. 2. Wiesbaden, p. 112, fig. 74 E.
Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916.
Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms through Seven Centuries. Vol. 2. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1920.