The Wallace Collection

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Burgonet
  • Burgonet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1590
  • Steel and copper
  • Height: 30.4 cm
    Weight: 2.126 kg
  • A100
  • European Armoury III
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  • Exhibiting the surface finish often referred to as 'black from the hammer', the skull of this helmet has been made in two pieces joined along the comb, which itself is high and narrow. The flat pointed peak has been made from a separate piece of metal. The hinged cheek-pieces have sunken borders and roped edges, and on each is embossed a six-petalled rose incorporating six holes for ventilation and improved hearing. The borders and contour of the head are decorated with strips of silver galoon affixed by copper rivets, the heads of which take the form of six-pointed gilt stars. The rear of the neck-guard has been restored.