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Burgonet
  • Burgonet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Nuremberg, Germany
  • c. 1590 - c. 1600
  • Steel, gold, and copper alloy
  • Height: 31.1 cm
    Weight: 1.587 kg
  • Armourer's mark
  • A99
  • European Armoury III
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  • Burgonet, of bright steel, with a comb and peak made in one piece with the skull, the neck-guard formed by a separate plate. Hinged cheek-pieces of unusually large size, each perforated with a circle of nine holes incorporated in an etched star-shaped arabesque. Decorated with bands of etched ornament with animals, birds and running foliage on a gilt, granular ground. On the left side of the comb is the Imperial double-eagle between two sea-monsters, and on the other, a double-tailed mermaid among drums and trophies. At the back of the comb is a brass plume-holder. There are the remains of two marks stamped on the peak but only that on the left is even partly legible.

    The quality of the etching is unusually poor. A somewhat similar mark, also partly obliterated, appears on the breastplate of an armour in the Historical Museum, Bern (Wegeli Cat., no.128).
    There are twenty-five helmets very similar indeed to No. A99, with some half armours to match, in the Kunstsammlung der Veste Coburg in Germany. On some of these it is possible to see that the partly legible mark is in fact a demi-man, his right arm raised, standing on a crenellated wall. The Veste Coburg pieces also bear the Nuremberg town mark.