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.