Helmet from the Foot Tourney Armour of Elector Christian I of Saxony'

Elector Christian I of Saxony's helmet

Date 1591 | German, Augsburg | Object number: II.186 (Purchased with the aid of The Art Fund and The Pilgrim Trust)

This helmet is from a foot tourney armour for Christian I, Elector of Saxony by Anton Peffenhauser. The armour was one of twelve made by Anton Peffenhauser in 1591, as a Christmas present for the Elector Christian I of Saxony from his wife, the Electress Sophia. Sadly the Elector died in the September and did not receive them.

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