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Close Helmet for the Tilt

German, Augsburg
Steel, gold, brass
H. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm); W. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm); D. 11 15/16 in. (30.3 cm); Wt. 6 lb. 13 oz. (3090 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1934
Accession Number:
Not on view
The helmet is part of a richly decorated armor made for one of the princes Radziwill of Poland for use in the field and the tournament. The Polish eagle appears in the etched ornament; the date 1573 is etched on another piece from this same armor, which is in the Art Institute of Chicago.
Marking: Marked on the interor of the bowl, on the right side near the base: A within a pearled border (the town mark of Augsburg).
Ex. coll.: Radziwill; Dr. Vsevold Arendt, Moscow; George D. Pratt.
Christie, Manson & Woods. Fine Armour. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, June 29, 1926. nos. 84–86 (elements belonging to the same garniture as this helmet).

Grancsay, Stephen V. "An Augsburg Helmet." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (August 1934), pp. 130–32, ill.

Grancsay, Stephen V., and Stuart W. Pyhrr. Arms & Armor: Essays by Stephen V. Grancsay from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 1920–1964. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986. pp. 130–132, fig. 50.1.

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