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Burgonet: HEN.M.88-1933

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Production: Unknown (Possibly)




Burgonet, for field use. Formed of a skull with an integral peak and a separate, fixed nasal-bar, a hinged right cheek-piece and a neck-defence of one lame. The rounded skull is formed in two halves joined by a turn to the right along a low medial comb. The narrow peak, which lacks the rivet at its medial overlap, projects forward to an obtuse central point. It is pierced at the rear with a square hole to accommodate the sturdy nasal-bar that projects downwards from the brow of the skull where it is attached by a cross-bar welded within its upper end. The nasal-bar has a convex profile and scrolls forwards at its lower end. The right cheek-piece originally extended all the way up to the eye, but has been cut to produce a U-shaped face-opening at the same time as the nasal-bar was added. The left cheek-piece is missing. It originally overlapped the right cheek-piece medially. A pierced stud riveted at the inner end of the integral neck-defence of the cheek-piece would have been engaged by a swivel-hook riveted at the inner end of the neck-defence of the left cheek-piece. The neck-defence, which has a lower rounded edge, is detached at its right side. The main edges of the helmet have plain inward turns.
The nasal-bar and the cutting of the front edge of the cheek-piece represent working-life modifications.


History note: The armoury of the Earls of Pembroke, Wilton House, Wiltshire. Fenton & Sons, 11 New Oxford St., London. Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex.

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 30.5 cm
Height: 33.0 cm
Weight: 2.29 kg
Width: 23.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1620


From a series of such helmets formerly preserved in the armoury of the Earls of Pembroke at Wilton House, Wiltshire. These helmets commonly lack one of their cheek-pieces, which was removed for display purposes. Other helmets from the series can be recorded in the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, and Warwick Castle.

The helmet is painted black over a pitted surface.

Possibly Flemish

Components of the work


Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammered : Formed of a skull with an integral peak and a separate, fixed nasal-bar, a hinged right cheek-piece and a neck-defence of one lame; hammered, shaped, riveted, welded, and painted black

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'Fenton & Sons, 11, New Oxford St., London' '207'
  • Method of creation: Printed address and inscribed number
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.88-1933
Primary reference Number: 18527
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 5 October 2012 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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