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Tournament Helm

ca. 1420–30
possibly Italian or French
H. 15 in. (38.1 cm); W. 8 5/8 in. (22 cm); D. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm); Wt. 16 lb. 5 oz. (7399 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
Not on view
Although very similar helmets are depicted in early fifteenth century works of art, almost no other actual examples of this type exist today. Perhaps originally designed for use in battle, it appears to have been converted into a jousting helmet during its working lifetime. The armorer’s mark, a Gothic letter T, is found on at least three other pieces of fifteenth-century armor. The helmet was acquired by the Museum as part of the Duc de Dino’s collection in 1904.
Ex. coll.: Duc du Dino (B17)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department," October 2, 2012–October 13, 2014.

Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde Mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974.

Baptiste, Nicolas P. Armatus Corpus: Princes & Chevaliers (1330–1530): 600 Ans du Duché de Savoie. Gollion: Infolio, 2016. p. 63, fig. 51.

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