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Armet with Matching Wrapper

ca. 1475
Italian, probably Milan
Steel, leather
Armet; H. 11 3/16 in. (28.4 cm); W. at base 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm); W. at top 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm); D. 12 in. (30.5 cm); Wt. 8 lb. 9 oz. (3884 g); bevor; H. 7 in. (17.8 cm); L. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm); W. at base 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm); W. at top 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
Accession Number:
42.50.13a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
The armet was typically worn with a wrapper, a reinforcing plate that gave extra protection to the lower face and neck area. This is a rare example of an armet surviving together with its original wrapper.
Ex coll.: Attilio Simonetti, Rome; Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn, L.I.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor," August 3, 1931–September 27, 1931, no. 55.

Hayward, John F., and Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co. The Hever Castle Collection: The Property of The Lord Astor of Hever. Vol. I. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., May 5, 1983.

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