Crusader or Norman Pot Helm with Faceplate (18 Gauge)
Make your own medieval experience and complete your Norman or Crusader armour harness with this pot helm with faceplate helm forged from 18 gauge steel.
The helmet is based on a helm seen in the seal of Robert Fitzwalter which was estimated to have been created between 1213-1219 (shown in the last photo below). The seal is currently held by the British Museum (object number 1841,0624.1).
This style of helm most likely was first worn during the late 12th century during the period of the third crusade 1189-1192 and remained in use until the end of the 13th century. Based on the design of the spangenhelm which was popular during the dark ages / Viking era, this style of helm incorporated an additional face plate to protect the wearer.
Suitable for a late 12th century to mid 13th century persona for your next Medieval, SCA or LARP event.
We do not recommend this 18 gauge helmets for historical re-enactment combat. For safety we recommend a heavier thickness of steel preferably 14 gauge.
The helmet comes complete with an adjustable leather liner and chin strap with solid brass buckle.
The helm has a circumference of 68cm which enables the wearer to also fit a suitable padded coif or cap. The interior of the helm is also blackened to improve corrosion resistance.
Evidence for the use of spangenhelms or pot helms with faceplate can be seen in the following sources:
The seal of King Richard - dated between 1195 -1199.
Fresco of the murder of Thomas Becket - late 12th century.
The seal of Alexander II King of scots- crowned 1214.
The Shrine of Charlemagne (Karlsschrein) in Aachen Cathedral - made in 1215.
Stained glass The story of Charlemagne - Chartres Cathedral.
Stained glass The murder of St Thomas in the Cathedral – Chartres Cathedral
Fresco of the murder of St Thomas Becket Palazzo dei Trecento Italy - dated 1260 (shown in images below).
The seal of Robert Fitzwalter - dated between 1213-1219.
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