This visor is from a fine close helmet for a North Italian armor. While of substantial weight, it is not of jousting weight and probably originated on a helmet of an armor made for the foot tourney. It is very possible that is was an exchange piece, and that the helmet was mounted with a heavier visor for other events. The decoration is typical for fine armors of the period and based on the style used by the foremost etcher, Pompo della Chiesa who worked 1571-92. The geometric and floral motifs rise from a gold background, a significant portion of which has survived. Height: 5"