High combed, with borders treated in the engrailed manner often used for armor intended for the Spanish Court. The entire surface richly etched in sectors and medallions. In these appear Renaissance figures and busts, panoplies of armor, musical instruments and arms, relieved by a background produced by minute loopings of the etching tool instead of by minute points of etching varnish, as in German armor. The border of the casque is richly ornamented with an acanthus leaf pattern made more prominent by a background, - here, however, not dotted, but hatched. It appears to have been blued and gilded. (Ear pieces restored).
Provenance: Purchased by William Randolph Hearst from Bashford Dean Arms & Armor Sale, American Art Galleries, November 18, 1921, through P. W. French Co., Inc., January 14, 1922 for $715; sold to Gimbe Bros., Inc., June 30, 1943 for $157.
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Photograph, William Randolph Hearst Archive, S/B lot 402, art #45, Album 7, p. 5