Tournament Helm (Stechhelm)

Date: ca. 1500

Geography: probably Nuremberg

Culture: German, probably Nuremberg

Medium: Steel, copper alloy

Dimensions: H. 17 3/4 in. (45 cm); W. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm); D. 18 in. (45.7 cm); Wt. 17 lb. 14 oz. (8097 g)

Classification: Helmets

Credit Line: Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1929

Accession Number: 29.156.67a


The helm formed part of a highly specialized tournament armor worn solely for the Gestech, or German joust, fought with blunted lances. The object was to break lances or unhorse the opposing rider. This helmet was probably part of a series of armors kept in the Nuremberg arsenal for use in civic tournaments.