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Armet with Matching Wrapper

ca. 1475
Italian, probably Milan
Steel, leather
Armet; H. 11 3/16 in. (28.4 cm); W. at base 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm); W. at top 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm); D. 12 in. (30.5 cm); Wt. 8 lb. 9 oz. (3884 g); bevor; H. 7 in. (17.8 cm); L. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm); W. at base 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm); W. at top 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
Accession Number:
42.50.13a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
The armet was typically worn with a wrapper, a reinforcing plate that gave extra protection to the lower face and neck area. This is a rare example of an armet surviving together with its original wrapper.
Ex coll.: Attilio Simonetti, Rome; Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn, L.I.
Andrade, Cyril V. Catalogue and Photographs of Gothic Armour and XVIth Century Doublet. Vol. Part VI. London: Andrade Galleries, no page, two illustrations of our helmet.

Sotheby's, London. Catalogue of a Valuable Collection of Arms and Armour. London: Sotheby's, London, June 20, 1929. lot 133, ill. on pl. 7.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, August 3 to September 27, 1931. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1931. p. 20, no. 55, ill. pl. 55.

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