Sallet Helm - 15th Century (16 Gauge)
Make your own Medieval experience and complete your 15th century Milanese plate armour harness with this Italian sallet (also known as a celata, salade, celeta and schaller) forged from 16 gauge steel.
This sallet helm is a reproduction of a 15th century helmet held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (accession number: 04.3.232) estimated to have been made between 1470-1480. The design of the sallet was inspired by the rediscovery of ancient Greek and Macedonian hoplite armour designs during the renaissance.
The design of the sallet originated in Italy during the 15th century and soon replaced the bascinet helmet in France, England, Germany and the Netherlands via trade with Italy. Unlike earlier bascinets the sallet had simplified design and was worn without a chainmail aventail or visor. To protect the face the sides of the helm extended forward to cover the cheeks and chin and the back curved to protect the back of the neck. A bevor was sometimes worn in combination with the sallet to protect the lower face and neck but this provided limited protection to a thrust aimed between the plates. At the end of the 15th century to early 16th century the design of the sallet changed to cover the full face. Open face sallets were often favoured by archers, crossbowmen and lightly armed auxiliary troops who benefited from the unobstructed vision.
For greater protection a standard could be worn which protected the neck and troat. Some styles of sallets were used in combination with a bevor to protect the lower face and neck but this provided limited protection to a trust aimed between the plates. At the end of the 15th century to early 16th century the design of the sallet changed to cover the full face.
Customise your sallet for archery by adding a hinge like another original sallet artefact held in the Wallace Collection (A77) estimated to have been originaly made in 1470. The hinged sallet allowed the archer, crossbowmen or handgunner to draw a long bow or stock back to the cheek for sighting before release.
The helmet also has a leather lining suspension that can be adjusted to better fit the wearer. The interior of the helm is also blackened to improve corrosion resistance.
Suitable for a mid to late 15th century persona at your next Medieval or Renaissance re-enactment, LARP, SCA or Living history event.
The helm has a circumference of 68cm which enables the wearer to also fit a suitable padded coif or cap.
Other 15th and 16th century armour also available.