Rus Viking Gnëzdovo Type 2 Helm - 9th-10th Century (18 Gauge)
Make your own Viking, Rus, Varangian, or Byzantine experience with this reproduction Gnëzdovo Type 2 helm forged from 18 gauge steel.
This helmet is a reproduction of an extant helmet that was found at the archaeological site of Gnezdovo (Gnyozdovo) in Russia. The site was believed to have been a 10th century Slavic Varangian trading settlement. Situated on a major trade route between the Varangian’s and the Greeks.
Helmets from Gnezdovo burial mounds have a strong Russian /Eastern European design but have been found in graves also holding typical Scandinavian Viking equipment.
Demonstrating the importance of the cultural and trade significance of the Rus in Northern European
The original artefact is estimated to have been made in the 9th to 10th century
The helm includes a butted mail camail which is attached to the base of the helm made from 9 mm 16 gauge steel rings.
We also sell horse hair to add a plume to the top of the helmet.
The helm has an antique finish and a circumference of 68cm which enables the wearer to also fit a suitable padded coif or cap. This helmet includes a leather lining suspension and chinstrap that can be adjusted to better fit the wearer. The interior of the helm is also blackened to improve corrosion resistance.
Suitable for a 9th to 12th century Eastern European, Russian or Viking persona at your next event. 18 Gauge helmets are most suitable for LARP and costume use only. For Viking or Byzantine reenactment combat we recommend the 14 gauge version of this helmet.
A sketch of the original artefact from AN Kirpichnikov Ancient weapons. (Vol.3. Armor, complex combat equipment IX-XIII centuries.) 1971 is included in the photos below.
Other Viking and Rus armor also available, stand not included and available separately.
Also available with riveted chainmail