Very little Italian tournament armor survives from the fifteenth century, making this helm very rare. It was designed for use in the joust, a contest between two mounted combatants armed with blunted lances. The helm is stamped with an unidentified armorer's mark: PA beneath a crown.
Marking: Stamped with an unidentified armorer's mark: PA beneath a crown.
Royal Armoury. Royal Armoury, Hay-Market: Catalogue. London, 1835. no. B-18.
Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of European Arms and Armor. Metropolitan Museum of Art Handbook, Vol. 15. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1905. fig. 49 B.
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. pp. 105-107, fig. 452.
Artist: Part of the decoration design by Jean Cousin the Elder (French, Souci (?) ca. 1490–ca. 1560 Paris (?))Date: ca. 1555Medium: Steel, gold, silver, leather, textileAccession: 39.121a–nOn view in:Gallery 374