Burgonet

Burgonet

c. 1510–40

Steel, radiate flutings

Overall: 25.3 x 26 x 25.3 cm (9 15/16 x 10 1/4 x 9 15/16 in.)

Weight: 1000 g (2.2 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1642

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The burgonet helmet is the successor to the previously worn sallet which was much the same but without the hinged earpieces and extended peak over the eyes.

Description

A burgonet is a light, open helmet characterized by a peak, a fall over the eyes, and hinged earpieces. Used by cavalry in the 1500s and 1600s, they were sometimes worn with a buffe, a separate detachable element that protected the face and throat not covered by the burgonet.

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