Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Lobster-Tail Burgonet for a Harquebusier

ca. 1610–20
Dutch or British
Steel, gold, silver, textile
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); W. 8 in. (20.3 cm); D. 13 in. (33 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 9 oz. (1154 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
Not on view
The rich decoration of this helmet is exceptional, covering it completely with wide bands of chiseled and punched floral designs alternating in silver and gold. Although it was once believed that its neck plate, cheekpieces, plume holder and lining were later restorations, futher study has confirmed that they are genuine and original to the helmet. In its quality and elaborate ornament, this helmet is similar to a Dutch armor in the Tower of London, which was made in 1612 for Henry, Prince of Wales.
Ex coll.: William H. Riggs, Paris
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Helmets 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection," January 25, 2000–May 13, 2002.

Catalogue des Armes & Armures Européennes du XVe au XVIIIe Siècle...Composant l'Importante Collection de M. Bécoulet. Paris: Hôtel Drouot, June 6–9, 1883. no. 120.

Pyhrr, Stuart W. European Helmets, 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. p. 40, no. 64, ill.

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