Armet, with Wrapper

Italian, Mid-Fifteenth Century
built 1990

The wrapper is a separate piece that adds protection to the lower face, covering the cheekpieces and the mail over the throat with an additional layer of plate. The strap that holds the wrapper on goes over the stem of a rondel on a short post at the back of the helmet. The rondel, which is probably there only to support and defend the strap, is a feature that would go out of fashion finally around 1525; my "Palmette Garniture" has a rondel on the helmet, but they would not persist much longer.

A notch in the right hand side of the wrapper allows access to the lifting peg of the "sparrow-beaked" visor.

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