Object Title

Tilting helm

Tilting helm



Object Number



Purchased from the National Magazine Co. (W R Hearst collection) October 1952, with the help of the Pilgrim Trust, National Art Collections Fund and a special Exchequer Grant, one of 52 items purchased together. From the Imperial Armoury, Vienna.

Physical Description

Skull engraved with trellis design and pierced for crest or reinforcing plate. Modern plume holder at rear. Deep reinforcing plate over brow. Narrow visor formed to an acute point. Bevor follows lines of the visor and opens on same pivots. Buff leather lining straps preserved.


Dimensions: Height: 320mm; width: 240mm; depth: 340mm Weight: 5.14 kg


Bibliographic References

O Gamber 'Der Turnierharnische zur zeit Maximilians I und der Thun'sche Skizzenbuch', Jahrbuch der Kunsthistorischen Sammlung in Wien 53, 1957: 3-70, abb. 76.

A R Dufty and W Reid European Armour in the Tower of London, HMSO, 1968, Pl. lxxxiv

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011, volume 1


This helmet is illustrated in the Thun'sche Skizzenbuch (f. 46v) with a group of armour elements for the Welschrennen, including the vamplate Vienna B174b, the pauldron B166 and the vambrace A166, see Gamber 1957 abb. 80. It formed part of the armour B24 at Vienna.