Bascinet, Steel, possibly French

Bascinet

Date:
ca. 1375–1425
Culture:
possibly French
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
H. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm); W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); D. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); Wt. 5 lb. 1 oz. (2268 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.241
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
According to an attribution traceable only to the nineteenth century, this helmet was said to have been worn in battle by Joan of Arc (1412–1431) and to have been given by her to the church of Saint Pierre du Martroi at Orléans, where it hung over the main altar. Although the legend is probably untrue, the helmet does have what looks like damage from use in battle.
Marking: Marked on the right cheek: a shield charged with a six-pointed star surrounded by a circle.
Above main altar in church of St. Pierre du Martroi, Orléans, where it hung as an ex voto. Ex coll.: Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris.
Rouen, France. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. "Jeanne d'Arc et son temps: Commémoration du Vme centenaire de la réhabilitation de Jeanne d'Arc, 1456-1956," June 19–August 20, 1956, no. 191.

New York. Dick Cavett Show. "Dick Cavett Show," September 17, 1971.

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet d'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. p. 22, no. B. 3, pl. 6.

Museum of French Art, French Institute, Joan of Arc Statue Committee, and American Numismatic Society. Joan of Arc loan exhibition catalogue: paintings, pictures, medals, coins, statuary, books, porcelains, manuscripts, curious, etc.: in the American Numismatic Society Building... New York City, January 6th to February 8th, 1913. New York: Printed for the Museum of French Art, French Institute in the U.S. through the courtesy of the Joan of Arc Statue Committee, 1913. p. 81, no. 588.

Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916. pp. 41–42, ill.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. I. London: G. Bell & Sons, 1920. vol. I, p. 248, fig. 293.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. V. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1922. pp. 144–46, fig. 1567–68.