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Burgonet: HEN.M.84-1933

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Burgonet, for light field use. Formed of a skull, a pivoted visor, a pair of hinged cheek-pieces and a neck-defence of one lame. The skull, which is boxed in four vertical panels, rises at its apex to a pointed acorn-shaped finial. The broad, slightly downturned peak has short, slender arms and projects forward to an obtuse central point. The cheek-pieces are of square form. Each is pierced at its centre with five small, circular ventilation-holes in rosette formation. The lower edge of the neck-defence descends to an obtuse central point where it is pierced with a later pair of suspension-holes. The main edges of the helmet have file-roped inward turns accompanied by recessed borders.


History note: Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex.

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 31.5 cm
Height: 26.0 cm
Weight: 1.51 kg
Width: 25.5 cm

Relative size of this object

25.5 cm26 cm31.5 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart


Mid-16th Century
Circa 1550 CE - 1560 CE


South German

The cheek-pieces and possibly also the neck-defence are associated with the skull, and have been cut and reworked to fit it.

The helmet is bright with a variable light to medium patination overall.

Components of the work

Borders Cheek-pieces Decoration Parts

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammered : Formed of a skull, a pivoted visor, a pair of hinged cheek-pieces and a neck-defence of one lame; hammered, shaped, riveted, with pierced ventilation-holes, decorated with recessed borders and file-roping
Patinating Formed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: green tag numbered '316'

  • Text: 316
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.84-1933
Primary reference Number: 18509
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 March 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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