Overall: 36 x 22 x 26.6 cm (14 3/16 x 8 11/16 x 10 1/2 in.)
Weight: 1.78 kg (3.92 lbs.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1565
The rivets along the rim were not only decorative, but a means of attachment for a liner.
Open helmets like this one were in use from the 1200s to the 1400s and are the ancestor of today's common military helmet. Such helmets were worn by foot soldiers as they attempted to scale the walls of an armed town. The slight ridge, or comb, down the center served to improve deflection and increase strength. Antonio Missaglia's workshop created helmets like this for royalty and knights in the region of Milan. Missaglia inherited the workshop from his father, who was also an armorer, and employed craftsmen who specialized in particular types of armor, such as jointed arm defenses or helmets.
The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.
All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.