Grosschedel, Landshut’s most renowned armorer of the mid-sixteenth century, fulfilled many commissions for both the German and the Spanish branches of the Hapsburg family. The decoration of this helmet is very similar to that of a large garniture made by Grosschedel for King Philip II of Spain (1513–1579) about 1560. It also resembles the decoration on a large series of armors that Grosschedel and others made for Emperor Ferdinand I (1503–1564) and his son, Maximilian II (1527–1576, Emperor from 1564) for use in a large tournament held in Vienna in 1560. It is not known to which commission the helmet originally belonged.
Ex. coll.: Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris.
Allentown. Allentown Art Museum. "Arms and Armor: A Loan Exhibition from the Collection of Stephen V. Grancsay," March 15, 1964–June 14, 1964, no. 4.
New York. Dick Cavett Show. "Dick Cavett Show," September 17, 1971.
Spitzlberger, Georg. Landshuter Plattnerkunst, Ein Überblick mit Katalog der Ausstellung, vom 14. Juni bis 20. Juli 1975, täglich 9–17 Uhr, im Deutschen Saal der Stadtresidenz. Landshut: K. Möginger, 1975. pp. 31, 67, no. 43, pl. 31.