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Sallet Helmet

Artist Culture
probably Austrian
Steel, iron, and leather
Possibly made in
Mühlau, Saxony, Germany, Europe
Probably made in
Innsbruck, Tirol state, Austria, Europe
Arms & armor, metalwork
Current Location
On View, Gallery 125
9 3/4 x 9 x 15 5/16 in. (24.8 x 22.9 x 38.9 cm)
weight: 6 lb. 14 oz. (3.1 kg)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Public Domain
Object Number
Characterized by their horizontal profile and long pointed tail, helmets known as sallets cover the upper half of the face. They were often supplemented with a bevor, a separate guard that protected the chin and throat. This helmet was beaten from one large sheet of metal, requiring great skill and finesse to hammer the smooth sweeping form. The pristine curve of its surface deflects weapons and, pierced with a vision slit, the sallet exudes a mysterious, masklike presence. Although a helmet was only one element of a knight's armor, it was the crowning glory of military garb, and its form, construction, and decoration provide clues to its use, date, and place of manufacture.
William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951), Beverly Hills, CA, USA

- 1939
Parish-Watson & Co., Inc., New York, NY

1939 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Parish-Watson & Co., Inc. [1]

The main source for this provenance is the Parish-Watson invoice dated June 30, 1939 [SLAM document files]. It lists twenty-one objects (including 58:1939) and identifies them as previously belonging to the William Randolph Hearst collection. The relationship between Hearst and Parish-Watson is unknown. 58:1939 is designated on the invoice as lot 854 art. 9.

[1] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, June 8, 1939.
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