Age of Armor

Treasures from the Higgins Collection at the Worcester Art Museum

Possibly from the Greek colonies in Southern France, Corinthian Helmet, about 600–550 BCE, bronze, 20.3 × 19.1 × 26.7 cm (8 × 7 1/2 × 10 1/2 in.), 3 lb., 10 oz (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.7.

Master “MR”, German, from the area of Nuremberg, Comb Morion for the Guard of Christian I or II, Electors of Saxony, about 1585–1595, blackened steel with etched and gilded decoration, brass, textile and leather, 27.9 × 24.4 × 35.7 cm (11 × 9 5/8 × 14 1/16 in.), 4 lb. (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.48. Image © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

Manufactured by Worcester Pressed Steel, Prototype Experimental Helmet Model 2, 1917, steel, 27 × 27 × 37 cm (10 5/8 × 10 5/8 × 14 9/16 in.), 2 lb (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.2. Image © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

Nagasone Tojiro Mitsumasa, Helmet in the form of a Sea Conch Shell, 1618, iron with traces of lacquer, textiles, 22.9 × 30.5 × 26.7 cm (9 × 12 × 10 1/2 in.), 3 lb., 13 oz (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.89.1

Pompeo della Cesa, Field Armor from a Garniture, about 1595, steel, iron, brass, gold, silver, leather, fabric, 56.6 × 10.5 cm (22 5/16 × 4 1/8 in.), 47 lb., 15 oz (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.112. Image © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

African, from the Sudanic Region, Helmet, 1800s, russeted iron with gilding, 30 × 54 × 21 cm (11 13/16 × 21 1/4 × 8 1/4 in.), 5 lb., 9 oz (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.91. Image © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

Master H.W., Pair of Wheel-Lock Holster Pistols, about 1650, steel, snakewood, bone or horn, gilt brass, and iron, 67.3 × 48.4 cm (26 1/2 × 19 1/16 in.), 2 lb., 8 oz (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.433.1–2014.433.2. Image © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

Perhaps Italian, Target (shield) with Breech-Loading Gun, about 1540, wood, steel, tinned iron, brass and fabric with paint and modern restorations, 7.5 × 48.6 × 28 cm (2 15/16 × 19 1/8 × 11 in.), 9 lb., 10 oz (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.768. Image © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

Colonial American (Massachusetts), Halberd for an officer of the Trained Band, 1678, steel and wood (probably maple), 22 × 213 × 44 cm (8 11/16 × 83 7/8 × 17 5/16 in.), 3 lb.,12 oz (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.69. Image © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

Southern German, from the area of Augsburg, Close Helmet for the Foot Tourney, about 1590, steel, brass and leather fragments, steel formerly blued) with etching and gilding, and brass, 31.8 × 22.9 × 34.3 cm (12 1/2 × 9 × 13 1/2 in.), 11 lb., 15 oz (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.1113. Image © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

Netherlandish, Pikeman’s Armor with Helmet for a Harquebusier, later decorated for ceremonial use, about 1625–1650, decorated in 1700s, steel, iron and paint with modern leather, 16 lb., 10 oz (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.1132. Image © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

Armor attributed to Kolman Helmschmid, etched steel perhaps by Hans Burgkmair the Elder, Reinforcing Breastplate for the Joust with Left Tasset, 1520–1525, etched steel and brass with modern leather, breastplate: 48.3 × 34.3 × 15.2 cm (19 × 13 1/2 × 6 in.), 6 lb., 4 oz (weight), tasset: 33 × 23.5 cm (13 × 9 1/4 in.), 2 lb., 12 oz (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.1138.3 and 2014.1138.7. Image © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

Workshops of Wolf and Peter von Speyer or Wolf Peppinghorn, Rennzeug (armor for the ‘joust of war’), about 1590–1600, steel, iron, leather, black paint, textile and horsehair stuffing, 93 lb., 1 oz (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.1154. Image © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

Hans Hörburger the Elder, Comb Morion, about 1556–1586, steel, brass and leather fragments, 22.9 × 21.6 × 31.8 cm (9 × 8 1/2 × 12 1/2 in.), 2 lb., 10 oz (weight), The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, 2014.1094. Image © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

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