This helmet, along with the pauldrons (shoulder defenses), and vambraces (arm defenses) of the associated armor also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 29.151.3) are attributed to Kolman Helmschmid based on comparison with his known works. The helmet’s distinctive snub-nosed visor appears to be a form that he originated and used on three other helmets, all dating from the mid-1520s. The decoration of these elements is typical of the style of Daniel Hopfer of Augsburg (about 1470–1536), a celebrated armor-etcher and printmaker, who is known to have decorated armors made by members of the the Helmschmid family. The remainder of this armor is composed of southern German elements from about 1520 to 1530, except for minor restorations.
Ex. coll.: Baron C. A. de Cosson, Florence; Rutherford Stuyvesant, Allamuchy, New Jersey.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Arms and Armor," February 6–April 16, 1911, no. 58 Lent by Mrs. Rutherfurd Stuyvesant.
Grose, Francis. A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons: Illustrated by Plates Taken from the Original Armour in the Tower of London and Other Arsenals, Museums, and Cabinets. London: Samuel Hooper, 1786. pls. XLIII, XLIV (a similar helmet illustrated).
Christie, Manson & Woods. Armour and Arms, or, Catalogue of the Famous Collection of Armour and Arms Formed by That Well-Known Connoisseur, The Baron de Cosson, F.S.A., Which Has Been On Loan to the South Kensington Museum for the Last Two Years. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, May 2–3, 1893. p. 36, no. 238
Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Arms and Armor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February the Sixth to April the Sixteenth. New York: Gilliss Press, 1911. p. 33, no. 58, pl. XXXI (top left).
Dean, Bashford. The Collection of Arms and Armor of Rutherford Stuyvesant, 1843–1909. New York: privately printed, 1914. p. 27, no. 22, pl. XIV.
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. 25, no. 75.
Mann, James G. "Die Waffensammlung auf Warwick Castle, 2 Teil." Zeitschrift für historische Waffen- und Kostümkunde (1937), p. 50, fig. 1 (a similar helmet).