Renaissance Dissident

A Close Helmet for Foot Combat

PDF article about the restoration of a close helmet for the foot combat at the barriers, by Chris Dobson.

Foot Combat

The Story of a Close Helmet for the Barriers

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23 colour illustrations, 300 dpi print-quality

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Abstract:
The 2007 restoration of an Italian close helmet for the barriers revealed fascinating evidence of a working-lifetime conversion from one helmet into another, a change spanning some 60 years of history and two different cultures. It first uncovered traces of fine decoration that had remained hidden for four centuries, and then recreated the elegant coloured finish that the converted helmet was given for a tournament in the early years of the 17th century, possibly to celebrate a special occasion.

A close helmet attributed to Kunz Lochner, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
A close helmet for the barriers attributed to the Master of the Castle Mark, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
A helmet for the foot combat at the barriers, made by an anonymous Italian armourer, using an old German helmet skull.
Photos from the article, left to right/top to bottom: attributed to Kunz Lochner, close helmet, Nuremberg 1550, photo: MET; attributed to the Master of the Castle Mark, close helmet for the barriers, Milan, 1600-10, photo: MET; anonymous, close helmet for the barriers, view of the left side of the helmet prior to restoration, photo: © Copyright Chris Dobson.

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