Close-helmet for the field
possibly Caremolo di Modrone (Italian, 1498-1543)
fire-blued steel with gilding, embossing, and incised decoration
31.8 x 27 x 34 cm (12 1/2 x 10 5/8 x 13 3/8 in.)
The John Woodman Higgins Collection
This splendid helmet is apparently the only surviving element from what must have been a very fine armor, similar in manufacture and decoration to a set made as a gift for Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. The surface has been left hammer-rough prior to blueing, thus retaining the hand-forged dimpled surface. This was usually ground down and filed, and polished mirror-bright.