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Burgonet: HEN.M.89-1933

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Burgonet, with associated peak and buffe, of great weight, for seige use. Formed of a skull with an integral neck-defence, a pivoted peak and a separate buffe. The rounded skull is made in two halves joined medially by a riveted overlap that is decorated with a file-roped rib. The top of its face-opening and the lower edge of its integral neck-defence have file-roped inward turns accompanied by recessed borders. Each side of the face-opening is pierced with pairs of holes for the attachment of missing cheek-pieces. The pivoted peak is of light weight and associated. It has been reworked to match the skull. Its obtusely pointed front edge has a plain inward turn accompanied by a recessed border. The separate buffe is formed of a single medially-ridged plate with an integral neck-defence. It is shaped to the chin, extends upwards to the centre of the brow, and projects as a lateral cusp over each cheek. It is cut with a large rectangular vision-slit and a large rectangular ventilation-slot over the mouth. Both the vision-slit and the ventilation-slot have file-roped edges bordered by a single incised line. The edge of the integral neck-defence has a file-roped inward turn accompanied by a recessed border. Each side of the buffe is pierced with two holes that served to attach it in some way to the helmet.


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: 28.8 cm
Weight: 7.14 kg
Width: 22.5 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


Early 17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1620


The helmet and buffe are bright with a medium to heavy pitting overall, and very heavy pitting and patination on the neck-defence of the buffe.

Components of the work


Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammered : Formed of a skull with an integral neck-defence, a pivoted peak and a separate medially-ridged buffe; hammered, shaped, riveted, with file-roped and incised decoration, and recessed borders

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 28 part
  • Location: On buffe
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.89-1933
Primary reference Number: 18532
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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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