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With one-piece skull rising to a high roped comb, visor and bevor attached to it by common pivots, the visor pierced at its right side beneath its stepped and centrally-divided vision slits with twelve rectangular ventilation-holes arranged in three staggered rows and fitted at the chin with a sprung sliding safety-catch, the bevor fitted at the right cheek with a forked and pivoted visor-prop and at the right of the neck with a swivel hook to engage a sprung stud projecting from the front edge of the skull, and a single gorget-plate front and rear, the former descending to an obtuse point, the whole retaining its original blackened finish with bright bevelled edges, and fitted throughout with brass-capped rivets.
|Location of Origin: Europe|
|Dimensions: Height: 30 cm / 11.8 inches (without mount), 45 cm / 17.7 inches (with mount). Weight 6¼ lb|
|Primary Classification: Antique guns, Antique Swords for Sale|
|Exhibited: The Art of the Armourer, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1963, no. 34|
Boy’s foot tourneys were a particular feature of the tournaments held by the Saxon court in Dresden in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The largest surviving group of armours for such contests are preserved in the Historisches Museum, formerly the Saxon Royal Armoury, Dresden, while another two from the Princely Saxony armoury of Schloss Altenburg are now in the Royal Armouries, Leeds. The quality and pristine condition of our helmet suggests that it came from the armoury at Dresden. It closely resembles and may originally have formed a part of a group of armours that the Prince Elector Christian I of Saxony purchased from the Dresden armourer Peter von Speyer the Younger about 1590 for his three sons Christian II, Johann Georg I and August.
|Provenance: Dudley S. Hawtrey-Gyngell|
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