Kettle Helm 14th-15th century (18 Gauge)
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Make your own Medieval experience and complete your 14th-15th-century armour harness with this kettle helm.
Made from 18 gauge steel this helmet comes complete with an adjustable leather liner and chin strap with solid brass buckle.
A good helmet to wear when at historical re-enactment or LARP events during performances and when marshalling to provide sun protection. This style of helm is most suitable for infantry historical re-enactment personas. We do not recommend this 18 gauge helmet for historical re-enactment combat. For safety we recommend a heavier thickness of steel preferably 14 gauge.
The kettle-hat or chapeau de fer (French) is commonly depicted in medieval art throughout Europe from the late twelfth century until the Sixteenth century.
The simple construction and effective protective design and of the helm is likely to be the reason for its universal popularity. Earlier depictions of kettle-hats, dating from before the 13th century show the skull 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 production of kettle helms made from one or two large pieces of steel.
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).
As shown in the image below from 1375-1379 Grande Chronique De France which depicts a group of soldiers wearing multi coloured one-piece kettle hats such as this.
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.
Other 14th and 15th century armour is also available.
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