The Wallace Collection

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  • Sallet
  • Antonio Missaglia (1416/17 - 1495/96) , Armourer
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1450 - c. 1470
  • Iron or steel
  • Height: 28 cm
    Width: 18.5 cm, at the lining rivets, inside
    Diameter: 21.8 cm, at the lining rivets, inside
    Circumference: 66 cm, at the lining rivets, outside
    Weight: 3.19 kg
  • Armourer's mark: A crowned OA or GA and the letters AM between the split foot of a cross, the latter mark being stamped twice
  • A78
  • European Armoury I
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  • An exceptional example of the ‘Corinthian' Italian sallet form, this piece carries the famous crowned monogram and split-cross marks of the Missaglia workshop of Milan. The Missaglia were 15th-century Italy’s most successful dynasty of armourer-merchants. In 1463 Francesco Missaglia landed a shipment of armour in England which included among many other things twenty-eight sallets, including a highly decorated one for the personal use of King Edward IV.

    The face-opening of this example has been made as narrow as possible to maximise protection for the face, while still offering good vision and ventilation. It has also here been strengthened by means of an applied reinforcing band of steel. The graceful raised crest in the skull offered additional stength while at the same time accentuating the sharp, sculptural form of the piece.