The Coventry Sallet
|Present location||Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry|
The Sallet is 11 inches (27.9 cm) in height, 12.25 inches (31.1 cm) from front to back and is 7.75 inches (17.9 cm) wide. It weighs 5.25 pounds (2.4 kg). It has a short tail and a jawbone type visor with a brow reinforcing. Stylistically, it is termed a "high crowned" helmet, different from the style usually seen in Italy or Germany. A plume holder was added to the helmet at some time after its manufacture.
The helmet was made around 1460, during the period of English civil conflict known as the Wars of the Roses, and the armourer's marks suggest that it was made by an artisan originating from Italy. During the 19th century it was used in Coventry’s Godiva Procession. For a period it was kept on display at St Mary's Hall, Coventry, and is now shown at the city's Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.
Very few pieces of English-made armour survive from this period; the Coventry Sallet is believed to be the only example of its type in England.
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- Gravett, Christopher (2001), English Medieval Knight 1400-1500, Osprey, p. 29, ISBN 978-1-84176-146-6
- Shaffery, Peter Baron (1982). "Early English helmets Part II". Guns, weapons & Militaria 1 (3): 24–28. Gravett, Christopher (2001), English Medieval Knight 1400-1500, Osprey, p. 29, ISBN 978-1-84176-146-6
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- This article is about an item held at Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry. Object reference: AR.1962.54