Helmet (Morion)

Helmet (Morion)

Helmet (Morion)
Northern Italy
About 1580
Steel
Museum no. M.539-1927

Armour from the late 16th century was sometimes flamboyantly decorated with etching and iridescent blue and gold surfaces. Traces of gold remain in the background of the etched bands on this morion - an open helmet with a brim used by infantry soldiers. Blue colours may have been added - produced by heating the metal - but are no longer visible.