Sallet, Steel, Italian, Milan


ca. 1470–80
Italian, Milan
H. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm); W. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm); D. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); Wt. 6 lb. 9.4 oz. (2988 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
Not on view
The term sallet (from the Italian celata) is applied to a wide variety of fifteenth-century helmets that have open faces or, if visored, leave the lower face and neck exposed. This tall form of sallet is typically Italian and is sometimes referred to as a barbute. It is struck twice on the right side at the back with the same armorer's mark: two Gothic letters ("SS" or "SZ") beneath a split-legged cross. Struck on the right cheek is the lion of Saint Mark, a control mark that perhaps denotes the helmet's former presence in the Venice arsenal.
Constantino Ressman, Paris (until 1899; sold to Duc de Dino together with nine other helmets for Fr 50,000); Charles Maurice Camille de Talleyrand-Périgord Duc de Dino, Paris (1899–1904; sold to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Helmets 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection," January 25, 2000–December 30, 2001, no. 3.

Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "Long-term loan (Seattle)," February 5, 2007–April 17, 2009.

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet d'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. p. 26, no. B. 14, pl. 7.

Pyhrr, Stuart W. European Helmets, 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jan 25, 2000 - Dec 30, 2000. pp. 7, 46, no. 3, ill.