The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Burgonet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1540
  • Steel and leather
  • Weight: 1.799 kg
  • Inscription: 'T.G.' Possibly the signature of the artist-etcher
  • A92
  • European Armoury III
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  • The skull of this fine burgonet has been forged in one piece in a sweeping line to a point over the eyes, and embossed with parallel flutes or ridges, possibly with the intention to suggest the helmet of a Classical hero. The roped comb is etched with birds, monsters and trophies, including a scroll bearing the letters T.G. (possibly the signature of the artist-etcher). The hinged cheek-pieces are restorations, and are continued by three plates backed with leather designed to meet at the chin, and fluted like the rest of the helmet. The borders are roped. The piece carries modern brass-capped rivets and rosette-washers. The etched decoration is strong and spirited.

    In general form this helmet resembles that on one of the Martinengo armours in the Armeria Reale at Turin (inv. no C11).