The Wallace Collection

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Close-helmet
  • Close-helmet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Probably France
  • early 17th century
  • Steel and copper alloy
  • Height: 33.7 cm
    Weight: 2.79 kg
  • A179
  • European Armoury III
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  • Close-helmet, the skull made in two pieces joined down the ridge of the comb. The latter is pointed at the apex in the French manner, where is fixed a spirally twisted, egg-shaped finial. The surface is faceted and engraved with lines radiating from the apex. At the back is a large, pierced, tubular plume-holder of steel. The skull is secured to the lower bevor by a strap and buckle. Bordering the sides and face-opening is a row of blind rivets for the lining band.
    Visor with slightly cusped upper edge, the surface faceted and incised to match the skull. Two horizontal sights, their upper edges bordered with brass-headed rivets. On the right side is a short lifting-peg of brass. The upper bevor, concave in profile, is profusely studded with brass-headed rivets grouped to form a pattern on either side. It is secured to the lower bevor by a hook-and-eye. There are no openings for ventilation. Lower bevor, the face-opening is bordered with blind rivets for the lining band. On the right side is a steel hook to secure the bevor.
    Two gorget-plates, front and back, the lower ones deep and coming to a point in front and back, the bottom edge sunk, turned under, roped, and bordered with brass rivets which secure a lining band. These bottom plates are modern. The surface of the helmet is corroded and is now dark brown in colour.

    A comparable helmet in the Musée de l'Armée, Paris, is dated 1604 (inv. no. H.Po 154; Reverseau, Musée de l' Armée, 1982, p. 111 and PI. 47). Of the same type as Wallace Collection A66.