The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Cabasset
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1600
  • Iron or steel and copper alloy, etched
  • Height: 17.7 cm
    Weight: 1.13 kg
  • Heraldry: Device consisting of an eagle displayed upon two clubs in saltire
  • A149
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Cabasset, forged in one piece, of simple form, with pear-shaped skull and narrow brim. Etched with narrow vertical bands of trophies bordered with cables and meeting at the apex, and also placed around the brim in the so-called 'Pisan' style. Brass washers to the lining rivets, and brass, shield-shaped plume-holder at the back. At the bottom of the centre front band of etching is a device consisting of an eagle displayed upon two clubs in saltire.

    A similar helmet with the same device beneath a coronet is in the collection of Glasgow Museums (inv. no.1911.29.ea).