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Reinforcing Pieces for the Tourney

Armorer:
Kolman Helmschmid (German, Augsburg 1471–1532)
Date:
ca. 1510–15
Geography:
Augsburg
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Steel, copper alloy, gold
Dimensions:
as mounted, H. 37 in. (94 cm)
Classification:
Armor Parts
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928
Accession Number:
29.150.6d, f, m–p
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
In the late fifteenth century, specialized exchange and reinforcing pieces were devised that allowed a single field armor to be adapted for use in various forms of the tournament. The ensemble of pieces was known as a garniture. The armorers Lorenz Helmschmid (about 1445–1516) and his son Kolman, working for Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519), were among the principal inventors of the garniture. Exhibited here are some of the earliest pieces stamped with the mark of Kolman, the most innovative armorer of his generation.
These reinforces represent an early form of garniture for the tourney, a combat fought by groups of horseman armed with blunted lances and swords. The decoration imitates the elaborately brocaded textile that was fashionable in court costume.
Radiziwill Collection (in part)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stephen V. Grancsay, and Carl Otto von Kienbusch. The Bashford Dean Collection of Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Portland, Maine: Southworth Press for the Armor and Arms Club of New York City, 1933. pp. 70–77, no. 7, pl. XV.

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