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This Italian Barbuta dates to around 1450 or 60. Barbuta's have their origins in Italian bascinets of the late 14th and early 15thC's, which started to show flared edges at the back and sides that began to swell into the face-opening, providing better facial protection when a visor was not worn. The barbuta and the Italian style of sallet (celata) were related, the difference being that the barbuta was longer and had a shaped face opening, as here, or with rounder eyes and a projecting nasal. Celata's were either completely open faced or visored, and were shorter (often worn with a bevor over the mouth, chin and throat). The Barbuta found favour in the form shown here in the area of Venice and the north-east coast, and an early example, dated to around 1420, from the Rhodes armouries, has a crown of one piece, and the tubular sides made out of another piece, which is rivetted on, horizontally around the brow level.
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