Stamped with the armorer's name, LIONARDO (Italian, probably active in Milan, ca. 1440)
Italian, probably Milan
Steel, copper alloy
H. 10 3/8 in. (26.3 cm); W. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); D. 11 in. (27.9 cm); Wt. 9 lb. 4 oz. (4196 g)
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This is one of the earliest complete examples of an armet, the characteristic headpiece worn in Italy by mounted soldiers from about 1410 to about 1510. It is stamped with the armorer's name, LIONARDO, and his mark, the letter L in a serrated circle.
Marking: Marked on the right side of the visor, and again on the right cheek: LIONARDO within a rectangle; above it, a Gothic letter L in a serrated circle.
Ex coll.: Samuel Willson, London; Baron de Cosson; Clarence H. Mackay; Stephen V. Grancsay.
de Cosson, Charles A. Ancient Helmets and Examples of Mail: A Catalogue of the Objects Exhibited in the Rooms of the Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, June 3rd–16th 1880. London: The Institute, 1881. p. 54, no. 36, fig. 32.
Catalogue of the Famous Collection of Armour and Arms Formed by That Well-Known Connoisseur, The Baron de Cosson, F.S.A., Which Has Been On Loan to the South Kensington Museum for the Last Two Years. London: Christie's, London, May 2–3, 1893. p. 35, lot 231.
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. p. 78, fig. 430.
Burke, Sir Henry Farnham, Prince Stanisław Albrecht Radziwiłł, Thomas E. Waggaman, Eugen, Archduke, Sir Guy Francis Laking, Charles A. de Cosson, Earl of Loudoun, and Yasunosuke Seki. collection sale. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, 1931. pl. 6, armorer's mark ill. p. 34.
Grancsay, Stephen V. Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 1931. p. 19, no. 54, ill.
Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, Francis Henry Cripps-Day, and Claude Blair. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. 2. Cambridge: Ken Trotman Ltd., 2000. p. 78, fig. 430.