Royal Armouries

Close Helmet for the Tilt

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Close helmet for the tilt

Close helmet for the tilt. Probably Italian, about 1570 (IV.39)

  • Close helmet for the tilt

    Close helmet for the tilt. Probably Italian, about 1570 (IV.39)

  • monochrome photo of a side view of an armour helmet

    Close helmet for the tilt. (IV.39)

  • sepia photo of armoured figures on foot and horseback

    The Lion armour in the New Horse Armoury. About 1870 © Private collection 2013

Statistics

Weight: 5.9 kg (13 lbs)
Object Provenance: Probably Italian, about 1570
Object Number: IV.39

Close Helmet for the Tilt

Description

Low carbon steel tilting helmet consisting of skull with plain comb and visor covered by reinforcing plate. The lower part of the helmet is made in one with the chinpiece and is provided with large, hinged trap for ventilation on the right. It weighs 5.9 kg (13 lb). This type of jousting helm, based on the close helmet, replaced the earlier great helm from the second quarter of the 16th century, and was generally lighter than its predecessor. In jousts all blows were aimed at the left side of the contestant, so the trap door for ventilation was relatively safe. The extended lower edge of the helmet would bolt onto the breastplate providing extra anchorage and protection to the throat.

This piece was acquired before 1859 – and is listed as IV.8 in Hewitt’s catalogue of 1859 , described as ‘Tilting burgonet, of the second half of the 16th century. On the right side is a spring door for the occasional supply of air.’

In Dillon’s Guide of 1910 it has become IV.17

It is illustrated in volume 2 of Paggiarino’s photographic record of the collection.

References

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, Masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011, vol II, p.143

Statistics

Weight: 5.9 kg (13 lbs)
Object Provenance: Probably Italian, about 1570
Object Number: IV.39

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