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Close Helmet for the Tourney

A work made of steel, brass, and leather.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, brass, and leather.


c. 1580


South German; Augsburg

About this artwork

This helmet was used in the sport of the tourney, a mock battle on horseback or on foot. To protect against dangerous trusts entering under the helmet’s neck plates, the helmet’s collar is designed to rotate on a rim that closes over the separate gorget or neck defense. Though this allowed for some lateral head movement, it was a more restrictive alternative to the overlapping plates on close helmets for the field of battle.

The upper visor is reinforced with an additional plate to deflect strikes from a lance or sword. This reinforce was repaired with a riveted and braised patch covering the left visor pivot; together, with sword cuts over the comb or center ridge of the helmet, this repair suggests this piece received some heavy use.


On View, Gallery 239


Applied Arts of Europe


Close Helmet for the Tourney


Augsburg (Object made in)

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Made 1570–1590


Steel, brass, and leather


H.: 30.5 cm (12 in.)

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George F. Harding Collection

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