The Wallace Collection

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Cabasset
  • Cabasset
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1580
  • Iron or steel, copper alloy and gold, etched, blued and gilt
  • Height: 21.9 cm
    Weight: 1.395 kg
  • Incised mark: 'S'
  • A146
  • European Armoury II
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  • Cabasset, having a pear-shaped skull with a slight stalk at the apex. The surface has been etched and gilt against a blackened granulated ground with vertical bands of addorsed Cs, knots and scrolls, the borders toothed. In the intervening spaces are pear-shaped panels enclosing military figures bordered by grotesques, and suspended from entwined serpents. The gaps also show traces of original blueing; the narrow brim has a turned-under and roped outer edge, bordered with a row of brass-headed rivets; the brass, shield-shaped plume-holder is edged with scrolls and incised with the letter S (compare the plume-holder on no. A145). At the base a band of entwined guilloche decorated with brass, rosette-headed rivets for the lining strap (parts of which remain).