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Tournament Helm

ca. 1420–30
possibly Italian or French
H. 15 in. (38.1 cm); W. 8 5/8 in. (22 cm); D. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm); Wt. 16 lb. 5 oz. (7399 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
Not on view
Although very similar helmets are depicted in early fifteenth century works of art, almost no other actual examples of this type exist today. Perhaps originally designed for use in battle, it appears to have been converted into a jousting helmet during its working lifetime. The armorer’s mark, a Gothic letter T, is found on at least three other pieces of fifteenth-century armor. The helmet was acquired by the Museum as part of the Duc de Dino’s collection in 1904.
Ex. coll.: Duc du Dino (B17)
Vienna. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. "Europäische Kunst um 1400," May 7–July 31, 1962, no. 551.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department," October 2, 2012–October 13, 2014.

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet d'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. pp. 26–27, B.17, pl. 6.

Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of European Arms and Armor. Metropolitan Museum of Art Handbook, Vol. 15. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1905. p. 127, fig. 49E (ill.).

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. 2. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1920. pp. 143–145, fig. 483 a,b,c.

Europäische Kunst um 1400: Achte Ausstellung unter den Auspizien des Europarates. Wien: Kunsthistorisches Museum. Wien: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, May 7–July 31, 1962. p. 501, no. 551.

Boccia, Lionello G., and Eduardo T. Coelho. L'Arte dell'Armatura in Italia. Milan: Bramante Editrice, 1967. p. 136.

Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde. Mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. fig., p. 82.

Baptiste, Nicolas P. Armatus Corpus: Princes & Chevaliers (1330–1530): 600 Ans du Duché de Savoie. Gollion: Infolio, 2016. p. 63, fig. 51.

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