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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First commercial steel melting

Benjamin Huntsman of Sheffield is widely credited with the first commercial melting of steel in around 1740, using his crucible process. However, the melting of steel had long been practiced in central Asia and India and was known as Damascus steel.