Close-Helmet for the Tournament

Date: late 16th century

Geography: probably Augsburg

Culture: German, probably Augsburg

Medium: Steel, leather, textile

Dimensions: H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); W. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); D. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm); Wt. 10 lb. 6 oz. (4700 g)

Classification: Helmets

Credit Line: Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913

Accession Number: 14.25.548

Not on view
This helmet seems to have been designed for foot combat at the barriers, a sport in which pairs of contestants wearing armor only to the waist (hitting below the belt was forbidden) fought with pikes or swords over a separating wooden barrier. A brow reinforce was originally riveted to the visor. The long threaded bolt projecting from the upper bevor is a later working-life addition apparently intended to affix a reinforce (buffe) for mounted use in the tourney. The bowl and bevor retain their original linen-covered padded linings and shock-absorbing suspension straps between the bowl and the lining.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Flint. Flint Institute of Arts. "The Art of the Armorer," December 7, 1967–April 1, 1968, no. 28.

Long Island, New York. Nassau and Suffolk County Libraries. "The Art of Chivalry," September 28, 1976–December 19, 1977.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Helmets 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection," January 25, 2000–December 30, 2001.

Flint Institute of Arts and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Art of the Armorer. Flint, Mich., December 7, 1967–April 1, 1968. no. 28, ill.

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. 4, 35, no. 55, ill.