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More World War I ephemera rediscovered in our departmental archives as I work on an essay to be published in the Met Bulletin this fall in conjunction with the exhibition, World War I and the Visual Arts, opening July 31 #themet #metarmsandarmor #wwi #bodyarmor

World War I British-American helmets being made at the Budd Manufacturing Co. in Philadelphia ca. 1917. Original photograph from Bashford Dean's research into helmets and body armor during the war #metarmsandarmor #themet #wwi #helmets #philadelphia

Not exactly what you expect to see on a quiet college campus in July. Motocross riders catching some serious air by the UMass campus pond during a workshop for photography students #goumass #amherst #photography #motocross

Great craftsmen of the past, now all but forgotten, living on however, in our departmental archives. The Parisian armorers Alexandre Lebon (died about 1905) and Sylvain Marchat (born 1870). Both considered among the very best restorers of their time #metmuseum #metarmsandarmor #armorers

Our colleagues in Asian like armor, too! Here is the recently acquired Armored Form No 9, gift of the artist, Toko Kenji, 2017.176, now on display in the Asian Art galleries #metmuseum #metarmsandarmor #tokokenji

Mt Desert Island, great hiking even in the fog #acadianationalpark #sixty

A little wildlife by the Central Park reservoir #nyc #urbanwildlife #centralpark

Team Arms and Armor at the Corporate Challenge in Central Park Wednesday evening, with Maud Leclair, @johnbyck and @larocca.don doing our best for the home team #metmuseum #metarmsandarmor #corporatechallenge #nyc

#murphchallenge done! Does chain mail still count as body armor?

Memorial Day in Amherst, the parade was cancelled for threat or rain, but that few Veterans and a scout troop who had come to the town common proudly marched the parade route on the sidewalk, joined by about 30 people who came to see a parade and instead became one #memorialday #veterans #usa #amherst

Tools of the trade, if you happen to be a modern day armorer like Jeff Wasson. Following up on posts by @pierre.terjanian, @johnbyck, @sean.belair and others after our great visit to Jeff's cave of wonders #armor #metarmsandarmor #metmuseum #armor #hammers #tools

The department's research library for historical arms and armor is one of the best in the world. In addition to many important texts both well known and obscure, it also includes endless unexpected treats that warm the heart of true armor wonks. One is this copy of Gross's 1786 book, famous among armor students as the first English language book on the subject. It came to us from the library of former Met curator Stephen Grancsay (1897-1980), who got it from the library of the renowned scholar and collector, Charles Alexander the Baron de Cosson (1843-1929), the doyenne of arms and armor studies from the 1880s through the 1920s. The fun part is that the book is inscribed to de Cosson "from Papa...1866." We all got our start somewhere and often with a nudge, intentional or not, from a parent.

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