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Tournament Helm

ca. 1490
possibly British or Flemish
Steel, leather, textile, copper alloy
H. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm); W. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); D. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm); Wt. 12 lb. 12 oz. (5783 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
Not on view
For the tournament fought on foot in an enclosed field. Said to have come from Saint Mary's Church at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where it may have hung over the tomb of its owner.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
London. Alexandra Palace. "Londesborough Collection of Arms and Armour," 1875, no. 795.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500-1800," June 9, 1998–November 29, 1999.

Chaffers, William, and George Harrison and Sons. Catalogue of the Londesborough Collection of Arms and Armour: with a Descriptive Account of the Antiquities and Works of Art, the Property of Lord Londesborough. London, 1875. p. 29, no. 795.

Ancient Helmets and Examples of Mail: A Catalogue of the Objects Exhibited in the Rooms of the Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, June 3rd–16th 1880. London: The Institute, 1881. pp. 74–75, no. 81, fig. 77.

Christie's, London. Collection of Armour and Arms, Carvings in Ivory. London: Christie's, London, 1888. p. 37, no. 440.

Thoumas, Charles Antoine. Les Anciennes Armées Françaises: Exposition Rétrospective Militaire Du Ministère De La Guerre En 1889. Vol. I. Paris: Librairie artistique H. Launette et cie, éditeurs--G. Boudet, successeur, 1890. fig. on p.3.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms through Seven Centuries. Vol. 2. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1920. p. 147, Fig. 486A.

Nickel, Helmut. "English Armour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Connoisseur 172, no. 693 (November 1969). pp.196–203, fig. 5.

La Rocca, Donald J., and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 21, ill.

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