Royal Armouries

Sallet

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monochrome photo of a hall with armours on display

New Horse Armoury, Tower of London, 1870s

  • monochrome photo of a hall with armours on display

    New Horse Armoury, Tower of London, 1870s

Date: 1470 | Object number: IV.20

Statistics

Weight: 2.98 kg (6lb 9oz)
Object Provenance: Sallet, North Italian, about 1470
Object Number: IV.20

Sallet

Description

Italian, about 1470, extensively modified in the 19th century

Skull of one piece with deep sides and a long tail. It has been adapted, probably in the 19th century, with the addition of a red velvet covering over which is fitted a series of fleurs-de-lys of gilt bronze, a large one at either side of the skull and a row of them round the base of the skull at the level of the original lining rivets, whose holes have been used for the nuts and bolts fastening the fleurs. The lower edge is bordered by large, pyramid-headed rivets en suite. The helmet also has a lining of red silk padded with tow, which probably dates from the modification of the helmet.

Purchased from the Peucker collection, Berlin, 1854

It can be clearly seen displayed in the New Horse Armoury in photographs from the 1870s.
In the 1980s -1990s it was displayed in the Medieval Gallery in the White Tower, and was illustrated as plate LXXVII in Dufty & Reid’s picture book of the collection.

References

J. Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859: 28, IV.22 [not just in the Grangerised one]
Viscount Dillon, Illustrated Guide to the Armouries, Tower of London, London, 1910: 117, IV.11
Plate LXXVII A R Dufty & W Reid European Armour in the Tower, HMSO 1968

Statistics

Weight: 2.98 kg (6lb 9oz)
Object Provenance: Sallet, North Italian, about 1470
Object Number: IV.20

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