The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Sallet
  • Sallet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1490
  • Iron or steel and copper alloy
  • Weight: 2.09 kg
  • Armourer's mark: A two towered castle
  • A71
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
History
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • While the sallets made in Italy for most of the fifteenth century extended almost to the shoulders and had only a very subtle tail at the back, by the 1490s German fashion was influencing Italian design, so that Italian sallets began to be given longer, articulated tails and brow reinforces, like their North European counterparts. This helmet is a very fine example of this late form. It bears an armourer’s mark of a castle with two towers, attributed to the da Castello family of armourers of Brescia. This helmet was perhaps made by or under Pietro Giacomo de Castillo, active in the last decade of the fifteenth century and whose other marked works include one of the armours from the Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Curtatone near Mantua (c. 1490-1500; inv. B5, Museo Diocesano, Mantua).