Possibly attributed to Kolman Helmschmid (German, Augsburg 1471–1532)
Possibly attributed to Desiderius Helmschmid (German, Augsburg, 1513–1579)
Etching in the style of Daniel Hopfer (German, Kaufbeuren 1471–1536 Augsburg)
Steel, leather, copper alloy
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); W. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm); D. 11 in. (27.9 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 4 oz. (1921 g)
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Not on view
The form and decoration of this helmet relate closely to the late work of Kolman Helmschmid and early pieces by his son Desiderius, both leading armorers who worked for the Habsburg court. The etching is in the style of Daniel Hopfer (1470–1536), a prolific Augsburg printmaker and armor decorator.
Ex. colls.: Sir Andrew Fontaine, Narford Hall, Norfolk, England; William H. Riggs, Paris
"which Will be Sold by Auction, by Messrs. Christie & Manson, at their Great Room, 8, King Street, St. James's Square, on Wednesday, January 23, 1839, and Following Day, at one o'clock precisely.." In A Catalogue of a Very Important Assemblage of Ancient Armour and Arms, Recently received from Spain...Slabs of Florentine Mosaic Tapestry, A Few Pieces of Saxon Porcelain, and A Few Pictures,. London: Christie's, London, January 23, 1839. p. 15, lot 218.
"Carvings in Ivory, Hone Stone and Rock Crystal, Greek and Roman coins, Ancient Armour." In The Celebrated Fountaine Collection of Majolica, Henri II. Ware, Palissy Ware, Nevers Ware, Limoges Enamels. London: Christie's, London, June 16–19, 1884. lot 560.
Pyhrr, Stuart W. European Helmets, 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. pp. 4, 20, no. 27, ill.