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Burgonet: HEN.M.82-1933

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Production: Unknown




Burgonet, for light field use, composed of elements of a similar period and fashion. Formed of a skull with an integral peak, a pair of hinged cheek-pieces and a neck-defence of two lames. The rounded one-piece skull rises to a high roped comb showing brazed repairs at its apex. It is fitted at the nape with a later plume-holder of tapering tubular form with integral arms. The front edge of the downturned peak has a file-roped inward turn accompanied by a recessed border. Each side of the skull shows traces of raised bands in the 'black and white' fashion that have subsequently been hammered out. Each cheek-piece is pierced with five small circular ventilation-holes in rosette formation and decorated in relief with a six-petalled flowerhead. The lower edges of the cheek-pieces and the neck-defence have plain inward turns. The lowest lame of the neck-defence is decorated near its obtusely-pointed lower end with a pair of transverse incised lines. The skull and cheek-pieces retain a total of eleven round-headed lining-rivets fitted externally with pewter rosette washers.


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 cm
Height: 27.9 cm
Weight: 1.46 kg
Width: 21 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


16th century
Production date: circa AD 1570


The cheek-pieces and neck-defence are associated with the skull. The lowest lame of the neck-defence is a modern restoration made from an old piece of armour.

The helmet is bright with a heavy patination overall.

Components of the work

Decoration Bands

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammered : Formed of a skull with an integral peak, a pair of hinged cheek-pieces and a neck-defence of two lames; hammered, shaped, riveted, with pierced ventilation-holes, and recessed, file-roped, incised and raised decoration

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 106
  • Location: Inside the skull
  • Method of creation: Painted in red
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: green tag numbered 228

  • Text: 228
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.82-1933
Primary reference Number: 18502
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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