Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense) with arms of the Freyberg family
German, probably Landshut
Steel, pewter, leather, textile, gold
H. 24 7/8 in. (63.2 cm); W. 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm); D. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 13 oz. (2188 g)
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Not on view
This shaffron is fitted with an escutcheon plate bearing the arms of the barons of Freyberg. It comes from the armory at Hohenaschau Castle in Bavaria, the seat of that noble family, and probably belonged to Pancraz von Freyberg (1508–1565), a courtier in the service of the dukes of Bavaria in nearby Munich. Although unmarked, the shaffron is comparable in form to documented examples made in Landshut, a famous Bavarian armor-making center.
Ex Coll.: Armory at Hohenschau Castle, Bavaria; [Christian Winter, Munich]William Henry Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).