This helmet, along with the pauldrons (shoulder defenses), and vambraces (arm defenses) of the associated armor also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 29.151.3) are attributed to Kolman Helmschmid based on comparison with his known works. The helmet’s distinctive snub-nosed visor appears to be a form that he originated and used on three other helmets, all dating from the mid-1520s. The decoration of these elements is typical of the style of Daniel Hopfer of Augsburg (about 1470–1536), a celebrated armor-etcher and printmaker, who is known to have decorated armors made by members of the the Helmschmid family. The remainder of this armor is composed of southern German elements from about 1520 to 1530, except for minor restorations.
Ex. coll.: Baron C. A. de Cosson, Florence; Rutherford Stuyvesant, Allamuchy, New Jersey.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Arms and Armor," February 6–April 16, 1911, no. 58 Lent by Mrs. Rutherfurd Stuyvesant.
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