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Armor

Armorer:
Helmet, pauldrons, and vambraces attributed to Kolman Helmschmid (German, Augsburg 1471–1532)
Date:
ca. 1525 and later
Geography:
Augsburg
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Steel, leather
Dimensions:
Wt. approx. 48 lb. 7 oz. (21.97 kg)
Classification:
Armor for Man-3/4 Armor
Credit Line:
Gorget: Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928; body armor: Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. Bashford Dean, 1929; helmet: Gift of Alan Rutherfurd Stuyvesant, 1950
Accession Number:
29.151.3a–s; 29.150.152; 50.237.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
The helmet, pauldrons (shoulder defenses), and vambraces (arm defenses) of this armor 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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Arms and Armor," February 6–April 16, 1911, no. 58 Only 50.237.2 was in exhibition. Lent by Mrs. Rutherfurd Stuyvesant.

New York. Wave Hill for Environmental Studies ""Archives". "Wave Hill for Environmental Studies "Archives".," September 22, 1984–February 14, 1985 No catalogue found. Only 29.151.3 was in the exhibit.

Gurlitt, Cornelius, A. Diener von Schönberg, and James G. Mann. "Dresdener Waffenschmiede." Zeitschrift für Historische Waffenkunde I (1897). p. 50, fig. 1, similar armor discussed and shown.



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