The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Close-helmet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1580
  • steel, etched
  • Height: 30.4 cm
    Weight: 3.65 kg
  • A175
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Close-helmet, the skull with a high, roped comb. A shield-shaped plume-holder of steel is riveted low down on the left side at the back. There is a row of brass-capped rivets for the lining band. Visor with two horizontal sights, the lower edge flanged to fit inside the bevor. On the right side there is a short, turned peg for raising it (this and the visor-pivots are modern). Upper bevor, pivoted at the same points as the visor. It is secured to the lower bevor by a hook-and-eye on the right side. Lower bevor, also pivoted at the same points as the visor. The edge of the face-opening is turned over, roped, and bordered with eight blind rivets for the lining band. Skull and lower bevor are held together by a strap. Two neck-plates respectively, in front and back, the lower in each case embossed with a shallow, roped, inner ridge, like the lower bevor; the bottom edge is turned over, roped, and bordered with holes for the lining rivets, which are missing.

    The decoration consists of bands of etched ornament, composed of scattered pieces of armour mingled with urns and grotesque animals on a granulated ground, in the so-called 'Pisan' style. This decoration also appears on the comb, and in two panels on either side of the forehead. The borders of all the other plates are etched with bands of running foliage. The ventilation holes in the upper bevor are arranged round an etched rosette of conventional foliage which is duplicated on the opposite side. The holes, which are found on the right side only, appear to have been roughly pierced at a later date.