The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Zischägge
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1630 - c. 1640
  • Iron or steel
  • Weight: 1.805 kg
  • A102
  • European Armoury III
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  • Hemispherical skull with low comb, the front turned outwards to form a small peak, and pierced for a nasal guard (now missing, but the butterfly nut for securing it remains); the crest-hole in the comb has been filled with a flattened, spherical knob; at the base of the skull is a row of round-headed, steel rivets for the lining strap. The surface is decorated with elongated scrolls, a broad band of scales on either side of the comb, and a row of gadroons at the base, the whole formerly gilt. The areas in relief are blued against a fire-gilt ground. Hinged cheek-pieces of three plates (the two lower ones are restorations), the upper decorated with a pierced circle of rays, the borders fluted, sunk, and studded with rivets for the lining; the pointed neck-guard is plain and is a restoration. This helmet can be compared to the armour of King Louis XIII of France in the Musée de l'Armée, Paris (inv. no. G. 123; Reverseau, Les armures des rois de France, 1982, p. 96).