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Helm for Foot Combat

ca. 1500–1520
possibly British
H. 16 3/4 in. (42.6 cm); W. 14 in. (35.6 cm); D. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); Wt. 11 lb. 12 oz. (5330 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
English armor of the early sixteenth century is extremely rare, and tournament armor even more so. This helm, also called a “great bascinet” in the sixteenth century, is one of only a few of its kind in existence today. It was made for use in a type of tournament that was fought between two fully armored men, on foot and equipped with pole axes, spears, swords, and daggers.
Ex. coll.: Lord Stafford; Bachereau; Costantino Ressman; Duc de Dino (cat. no. B-20).
Christie, Manson & Woods. Armour & Arms, Oriental, Dresden and Chelsea Porcelain, Decorative Furniture, and Pictures. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, May 28–30, 1885. no. 60 (probably this helmet, described as "a 15th-century tilting-heaume").

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet d'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. no. B-20.

Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of European Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1905. fig. 51 D.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. II. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1920. p. 156, fig. 493.

Nickel, Helmut. "English Armour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Connoisseur 172, no. 693 pp. 196–203, fig. 7.

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