desiderius helmschmid

Exotic Helmets of the ages

Toothface helm by an unknown Italian artist from the 17th century 

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Frog-mouth helm (or Stechhelm) - It was used by mounted knights between the 14th and 17th centuries. 

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Bascinet from the 14th and 15th century 

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Sallet in the Shape of a Lion’s Head, c. 1475-1480 - The earliest surviving example of a Renaissance armor all'antica. The outer shell of the steel helmet was made of embossed and gilt copper. 

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An oil-painted sallet from Germany, c. 1500 - Worn by lower class men-at-arms. 

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Bird Man Helmet from the early 16th century 

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The Horned Helmet, Innsbruck, Austria, 1511-1514 

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Closed helmet with mask visor, by Kolman Helmschmid in Augsburg, Germany, c. 1515 - Grotesque human mask-like visors were really popular in Germany and Austria in the early 16th century. 

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Grotesque ones from the early 16th century 

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Dark Helmet - From a galaxy far, far away…(wait, how did this get in there!) 

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The Maximilian armour - These early 16th century German plate armours were first made for the Emperor Maximilian I. 

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Burgonet of Guidobaldo II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino, Milan, c. 1532-35 

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The ceremonial and parade helmets of Charles V - Desiderius Helmschmid, c. 1540 

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Desiderius Helmschmid, c. 1540 

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Filippo Negroli, 1533 

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Kolman Helmschmid, c. 1530 

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Filippo and Francesco Negroli, 1545 

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Filippo and Francesco Negroli, 1545 

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Burgonet with Falling Buffe and scenes of battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs, c. 1555 - Probably made for Henry II of France, but passed as a gift to the Medicis. 

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Burgonet, created in a Venetian workshop in the late 1550s 

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Helmet in the form of a sea conch shell, 1618, Japan 

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A German or Italian Savoyard Helmet, c. 1620-1630 

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A French face-protecting expermiental helmet from the WWI, invented by Dr. Pollack, a medical officer - Based on the M15 Adrian helmet, used by the French Army during the war. 

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Close helmet from Augsburg 1530 

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1500 Burgonet 

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Filippo Negroli burgonet 1532-1535 

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Griffin-shaped Helmet Steel embossed and gilt and silvered italy (Milan or Brescia) about 1550. 

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Musée del armée 

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Burgonet-ja, cc 1530, Real Armería, Madrid 

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Burgonet for parade armor. Desiderius Helmschmid. German (Augsburg) about 1550-1555 CE 

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This shaffron forms part of an important garniture of armor for field and tournament use made for Nicolas “the Black” Radziwill (1515–1565) 

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Helmet Italian 1550 CE 

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A “Garde du Corps” troopers helmet, Germany 1900 

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Helmet in the Classical Style, French Paris probably about 1760-70 

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1529, by Hans Seusenhofer of Innsbruck, Austria, for King Ferdinand I (1503-1564). wolf faced visor 


Grotesque visor 1550 

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Grotesque helmet Innsbruck 1520 - 1530 


Musée de l'Armée 

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Mustached visored helmet 

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Wooden Ekoi mask helmet 

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19th century vintage grotesque helmet 

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Can anybody figure this one out? 

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Please feel free to elaborate on anything you see here. Post one of your own creations or simply add to the list of historical head pieces. I will try to add more information if I have time. 

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The Art of Power: Royal Armor and Portraits from Imperial Spain

Royal armor in the Renaissance was far more than protective equipment for the battlefield. Most often worn at court ceremonies and in parades, pageants, and jousting tournaments, it proclaimed the rulers’ strength and power. Elaborately decorated with imagery drawn from history, mythology, or the Bible, armor symbolically presented emperors and kings as the new Caesar, the equal of Hercules and other ancient heroes, the defender of the faith, or the model of chivalry. Etched or engraved images of saints or the Virgin and Child asserted that the rulers enjoyed divine protection. Much more costly than portraits by the leading painters of the day, suits of royal armor are dazzling works of wearable sculpture that affirmed their owners’ right to govern.

Desiderius Helmschmid, German, documented 1513–1579, Equestrian Armor of Emperor Charles V, Augsburg, c. 1535–1540 (lance, 16th-19th century) etched, embossed, and gilt steel, brass, leather, fabric (lance: steel and wood), Patrimonio Nacional, Real Armería, Madrid

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Desiderius Helmschmid (Plattner / Amourer): Korazzin-Handschuhe der “Tunis-Garnitur” / Gloves of the “Tunis-Armour” of Emporer Charles V, Augsburg, c. 1535 by Anita Pravits
Via Flickr:aus dem Besitz Kaiser Karls V. - blankes Eisen, Nieten, Panzergeflecht, Ätzstreifen, vergoldet / iron, mail, rivets, etcing, gilded