The Wallace Collection

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Sallet
  • Sallet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1500
  • Iron or steel and canvas
  • Diameter: 23 cm, sight-aperture to back
    Weight: 2.43 kg
  • Decoration: A large capital N
    Decoration: A six pointed yellow star
  • A82
  • European Armoury I
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  • Some helmets were high-quality, costly items, while others, such as this German painted sallet are socalled ‘munitions’ grade- cheaper, rougher armour worn by lower class men-at-arms. This impressively decorated helmet is rare in the extreme because it retains its original oil-painted surface. Paint was an inexpensive way
    of making rough armour look more elaborate than it actually was. Painted helmets were used as a group identifier in battle, with all members of a fighting unit using one paint scheme. This idea also worked as psychological warfare: imagine a group of thirty charging warriors, their helmets all decorated with this monstrous, tusked design: truly a terrifying sight.