The Wallace Collection

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  • Burgonet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1560
  • Steel, silver and gold, false-damascened, gold-leaf, roped
  • Weight: 2.15 kg
  • A98
  • European Armoury III
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  • Burgonet, of good quality, having of a high roped comb, the peak and neck-guard made in one with the skull; shield-shaped plume-holder on the right-hand side of the skull; hinged cheek-pieces connected by red velvet straps (modern), the left cheek-piece clumsily patched. The entire surface is decorated with fine arabesque tendrils overlaid in silver, with a few of the details in gold, on a black, matted ground. Although this decoration has been very well executed, it is probably a nineteenth-century addition. The gilding in the sunk bands of the edges to the plates appears to be gold leaf, and therefore also modern.The edges of the helmet have been turned under, roped and bordered with sunken bands, flat gilt, with rows of conical-headed, fluted rivets round the head and on the cheek-pieces.