The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Morion
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1580
  • Iron or steel and copper alloy, blackened, gilt, and etched
  • Height: 28 cm
    Weight: 1.46 kg
  • A139
  • European Armoury II
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  • Morion of the 'Spanish' style, having a stalk at the apex of its pear-shaped skull; curved brim peaked front and rear; the lower edge turned under but not roped; made in one piece. Etched with segmental panels containing trophies of arms fire-gilt on a blackened, granulated ground. The panels are framed by bands etched with interlaced knots, and classical figures and musicians in cartouches. Alternating with the base is a row of brass, rosette-headed rivets for the lining strap (parts of which remain); at the back a brass, shield-shaped plume-holder with riband edges in scroll form, the centre incised with an S many times repeated.

    This helmet is from the same series as Wallace Collection inv. nos. A138, 140 and 177. The brim of A139 is etched with two interlacing bands instead of acanthus.