Armet, Steel, pigment, British or Flemish


ca. 1500–1510
British or Flemish
Steel, pigment
H. 11 3/4 in. (29.9 cm); W. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm); D. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm); Wt. 8 lb. 1 oz. (3655 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This helmet is one of the most complete and best-preserved examples of a distinctly English or Flemish armet.
Ex coll.: Keasebey, Am. Art Gal. Sale Cat. 1925, Pt. II, no. 306
London. Ironmonger's Hall. "London 1861," May, 1861 A catalogue of the antiquities and works of art exhibited at Ironmonger's Hall of 2 volumes. This helmet is found in vol. 1, p. 180.

London. New Gallery. "Exhibition of the Royal House of Tudor," 1890–April 6, 1890, no. 692 Helmet lent by C. A. de Cosson.

British Archaeological Association. "Obituary for John Walker Baily." In The Journal of the British Archaeological Association. Vol. 30. London: British Archaeological Association, 1874. pp. 349–350.

Burges, W., and Charles A. de Cosson. Catalogue of the Exhibition of Ancient Helmets and Examples of Mail. London: The Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, 1881. p. 57, no. 40, pl. III, fig. 36.

Ancient Helmets and Examples of Mail: A Catalogue of the Objects Exhibited in the Rooms of the Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, June 3rd–16th 1880. London: The Institute, 1881. p. 57, no. 40, pl. III, fig. 36.

de Cosson, Charles A., and British Archaeological Association. "The Capells of Rayne Hall, Essex; With Some Notes on Helmets Formerly in the Rayne Church." The Archaeological Journal 40

Christie, Manson & Woods. Armour and Arms. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, June 25, 1890. p. 14, no. 144.

New Gallery. Exhibition of the Royal House of Tudor: The New Gallery, Regent Street. London: The Gallery, 1890. p. 163, no. 692.

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. pp. 91–94, fig. 445G.

American Art Galleries and American Art Association, Inc. European Arms and Armor from VI to XVIII Century, Part II. New York: American Art Association, Inc., November 28,1925. no. 306, pl. XXXIII.

Dean, Bashford, and Robert T. Nichol. Handbook of Arms and Armor, European and Oriental, edited by Stephen V. Grancsay. 4th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 1930. p. 90, fig. 47.

Cripps-Day, Francis Henry, and Arthur Richard Dufty. "Addenda to a monograph on "Armor preserved in English churches" by the editor, printed privately at the Chiswick Press in 1922." Fragmenta Armamentaria, (1939), p. 144.

Mann, J. G. "Armour in Essex." Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society (1939), p. 293, pl. X(b), [object incorrectly identified as formaly being in Rayne Church].

Nickel, Helmut. "English Armour in the Metropolitan Museum." The Connoisseur 172 pp. 198–199, no. 693, fig. 6.

La Rocca, Donald J. "A William Burges Sketchbook of Helmets, ca. 1880, Bashford Dean and G.F. Lawrence, and Renaissance Leatherwork from London." The Journal of the Arms and Armour Society XIX, no. 5 see pp. 207, note 15.