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  • Cabasset
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1580
  • Iron, brass and gold, false-damascened, blackened and embossed
  • Height: 21.3 cm
    Weight: 1.2 kg
  • Decoration: 'D L R A M' in monogram, the order uncertain
  • A143
  • European Armoury II
Further Reading
  • Cabasset, having a pear-shaped skull, with a stalk and acanthus at the apex, the whole surface blackened and embossed with strapwork cartouches, false-damascened with gold arabesques, containing in the centre of each side a pair of winged putti supporting a square tablet, overlaid in gold with a monogram in Roman letters
    D L R A M
    (the order of the letters is uncertain); at the sides are embossed pairs of seated figures of Victory and Fame, two captives, also trophies of arms and male and female masks before and behind. The narrow flat brim is embossed and damascened with gadroons.

    The French word, cabasset (Spanish cabacete, a headpiece), is usually employed in modern usage to denote this type of open helmet with a flat, narrow brim, but the contemporary English term, according to F. M. Kelly, appears to have been 'Spanish morion'.