The Wallace Collection

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  • Armet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • early 16th century
  • Iron or steel and copper alloy
  • Weight: 3.4 kg
  • A155
  • European Armoury I
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  • Armet, having a slightly ridged skull which rises to a sharp point at the apex; twin crest-holes on either side and at the back, for attaching the lining; chin-pieces hinged low down at the back, each pierced with a group of holes, meeting at the chin and secured by a stud. The pointed visor, made in one piece, is cut with horizontal sights and pierced with holes for breathing; it fastens with a spring-catch on the left side, where there is also a lifting-peg, an unusual position. The spring-catch and peg may have been added later, as a notch in the eye suggests there may formerly have been a hook-and-eye. The alteration to the method of locking the visor down suggests that the present visor is not original to this helmet. The line of the cheek-pieces is carried on across the visor. The left side has been repaired near the pivot. The lower edge is flanged to revolve over the gorget. The pivots of the visor are decorated with later brass rosette-washers and round-headed rivets round the neck for the lining strap.