The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Burgonet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1570
  • Steel and gold
  • Height: 26.7 cm
    Weight: 1.45 kg
  • A94
  • European Armoury III
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  • Designed to convey a Classical association, this burgonet is sharply pointed in front, with a roped comb, the sides of which are incised with a cross patée among foliage. The skull has been embossed on either side with a spray of five oak leaves, which have also been selectively fire-gilt. The sunken borders (also gilt) have turned-under and roped edges; the whole, including the projecting neck-guard has been made in one piece, but the top of the peak has been added. A shield-shaped plume-holder has been riveted onto the back of the skull. A row of round-headed, gilt-steel rivets, used for attachment of the lining band, remains. The hinged cheek-pieces have been shaped to accept the peak and are each embossed with a gilt and pierced rosette. The chin-straps, which would originally been composed of three plates on each side, are now detached. The two bottom plates are missing on one side; and a single plate has been lost from the other.