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Sallet
  • Sallet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1455
  • Iron or steel and paint
  • Height: 28 cm
    Weight: 2.6 kg
  • Armourer's mark: Stamped on each side
  • A76
  • European Armoury I
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  • Italian sallets were produced in a number of different basic designs. Wallace Collection A70 and A77 represent the typical open-faced form, while A75 and A78 illustrate the spectacled 'Corinthian' sallet or barbute, inspired by the helmets of the ancient Greek hoplite. This helmet exemplifies the third classic 15th-century type, the so-called 'T-faced' sallet or barbute, which still vaguely recalls the helmets of the Ancient Greece, but which expresses that inspiration somewhat less literally. The T-shaped face-opening is wider, allowing for better vision and ventilation, while the cheek-extensions will offer good protection.