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Burgonet: HEN.M.2A-1933

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Burgonet for light cavalry use. Formed of a skull with an integral peak, a pair of hinged cheek-pieces and a neck-defence of one lame. The rounded skull is formed in two halves joined by a turn to the left along its high medial comb. It has been repaired at several points with riveted internal patches. The peak projects forward to a fairly acute point. Its front edge has been trimmed, removing a turn of which remnants survive at each side. The lower edge of the neck-defence, which is obtusely-pointed, has a plain inward turn. The cheek-pieces, which are attached by internal hinges, are of fairly square form, with rounded upper rear corners. Their upper front corners are notched to fit over the rear ends of the peak. Their lower edges, which have plain inward turns, are flanged outwards to form a continuation of the neck-defence. Each cheek-piece is embossed at its centre with a flowerhead formed of six slender petals, and pierced with five small, circular ventilation-holes in rosette-formation. Riveted in the lowest hole of the left cheek piece is a later circular stud of uncertain function. A tapering, tubular plume-holder with integral arms is riveted at the nape of the skull. Part of the composite half-armour HEN.M.2A-E-1933


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: 33.1 cm
Height: 29.6 cm
Weight: 1.62 kg
Width: 23.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Early#
Circa 1610 CE - 1620 CE


The blackened parts of the helmet have been scuffed at several points, revealing bright metal beneath. The bright parts of the helmet show a mottled medium patination.

The burgonet is coloured black with a bright comb and borders, in the 'black and white' fashion. This decoration represents a modern modification. It is likely that the burgonet was originally entirely black.

Components of the work


Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammering : Formed of a skull with an integral peak, a pair of hinged cheek-pieces and a neck-defence of one lame, hammered, shaped, attached by rivets, with embossed and pierced decoration, coloured black with a bright comb and borders

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.2A-1933
Primary reference Number: 17710
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 16 November 2016 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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