Burgundian 15th century Medieval Sallet Helm (14 Gauge)
Make your own Medieval experience and complete your 15th-century medieval re-enactment armour harness with this Burgundian open face sallet helm.
This helmet is a reproduction of an extant artifact currently held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Accession Number:04.3.228). As shown on the following link www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/21983.
The original artifact is estimated to have been made in approximately 1475.
The kettle-hat or chapeau de fer (French) is depicted in medieval art throughout Europe from the late twelfth century to Sixteenth century. The simple construction and effective protective design and of the war hat is likely to be the reason for its universal popularity. Earlier depictions of war hats, dating from the 12th, 13th and 14th century show the helmet constructed from several steel plates riveted together and the brim attached along the lower edge. During the 14th century advances in the production of plate armour led to the production of kettle helms made from one or two large pieces of steel. Enabling the mass manufacture of helms from one or two pieces of plate.
This helm is made from 14 gauge steel and is combat / battle ready and comes complete with an adjustable padded liner and chin strap with solid brass buckle. The interior of the helm is blackened to improve corrosion resistance. A good helmet to wear when at historical re-enactment, SCA or LARP events during performances and when marshaling to provide sun protection.
This style of helm is most often associated with the armies of Burgundy (French) and the low countries of Flanders (Netherlands and Belgium) and is most suitable for late 15th century infantry historical re-enactment personas.
For an extra personalisation why not paint your new kettle helm?
Representations of armour, as well as surviving examples of armour from the 13th to 16th centuries, show that numerous methods were utilized to add decoration and offer protection to the surface. These distinctive surface finishes served to identify the wearer and at the same time also prevented the formation of corrosion. As shown in the 13th century Maciejowski Bible and also in the 14th century Grande Chronique De France which depicts a group of soldiers wearing multi coloured kettle hats (shown below).
The helm has a circumference of 68cm which enables the wearer to also fit a suitable padded coif or cap.
Other 14th and 15th century historical re-enactment and renaissance armour is also available.
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