The Wallace Collection

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  • Cabasset
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy or Spain
  • c. 1600 (helmet)
    probably 19th century (decoration)
  • Iron or steel, blackened and embossed
  • Height: 23.2 cm
    Weight: 1.07 kg
  • A147
  • European Armoury II
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  • Cabasset, having a pear-shaped skull, with a stalk at its apex. The blackened surface is embossed in low relief with strapwork enclosing on one side a horseman wearing a morion, and on the other side one with both morion and shield. The background has been stippled. Neither horse has a bridle and one has no saddle. At the front and behind is a reserve containing a trophy of arms. The brim is flat, narrow and embossed with small gadroons, the edge roped. No traces of gilding remain. The plume-holder is missing. The decoration is probably 19th-century although the helmet itself may be old.