Lot 1092: A composite half-armour
November 16, 2013
Sarzana (SP), ItalyLive Auction
Description: Hungarian style cavalry helmet, composite, with skull in one piece, provided with comb twisted at the border, at the front the twisted, raisable brim with seat for the comb, beaver with two-plate neck-guard, with two folding plate over the beaver, the upper one with cross-shaped eye-slots, the lower one with air holes; two-plate nape-guard, plume-holder; the lower margin hemmed and twisted. Gorget with pauldrons, each one consisting of three plates, ribbed at the front, roped and twisted at the border; pauldrons of seven plates each. Breast-plate strongly ribbed at the centre, with tapul, roped neckline and Nuremberg stamp, with relieved bands at the upper part; mobile gussets, with thick roping; three-plate loin-guard with four-plate tassets, decorated with grooves and twisted roping. Back-plate in two pieces, hemmed at the margins. Gauntlets articulated at the back with scaled fingers. iron spurs with star-rowel. Assembled on a modern, wooden mannequin complete with leather boots and pedestal.The helmet is illustrated in "Armeria della Rocca di Verucchio", by M. Mauro (Adriapress, Ravenna, 2007) on pag. 36, with three pictures. See also Czerny's sale, Auction 32 (October 8-9th 2011), lot n. 928. The armour too is illustrated in "Armeria della Rocca di Verucchio", by M. Mauro (with a different helmet), page 30-31.
Dimensions: height totale circa 177 cm.
Date: circa 1600