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Medieval Helmets

The Medieval Helmet has a long tradition throughout the middle ages and the Medieval Period. It also has many variations that can be found around the world. The Basic Premise was the protect the head and often part of the face. This is an obvious fact but the size and shape of the helmets varied widely due to the types of weapons that were in use.

 

Helmet Stand - If you have a helmet or are getting a helmet you might want to consider getting a stand for it. It is a great way to display your helmet. Don't just stuff it in a closet or duffle bag! Put it on display.

Rite Edge - SZ910942 , WOODEN HELMET STAND

 

 

 

Medieval Knight's Helmet - Full Size Armor

European Knights 16th Century Armet Style Helmet -  This helmet became popular throughout Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries. Hand-crafted from 18-gauge steel and featuring brass accents, this piece can be worn or used as decoration. No lining or suspension is provided, this allows for individual customizing.

Fully wearable, this is a substantial all-steel Knight's Close Helmet of European 15th & 16th century style. Not a cheap tourist copy but a faithful museum quality Helmet. It is a full size reproduction in a bright steel finish. A fabulous display item!

Spartan Helmet Medieval Spartan Greek Corinthian Helmet Costume Armor

This is a replica Spartan Helmet, similar to the one seen in 300. The helmet has been constructed from polished carbon steel with attention given to detail.

 

 

Troy Greek Achilles Trojan Medieval Helmet Armor Stand

This is a replica of a Trojan Helmet similar to the one Achilles wore in Troy. The replica is bronze plated steel with a pitted texture for an aged look. Since bronze was the strongest metal available during this period this gives the helmet an authenticity in its look and feel.

 

 

Spangenhelm Spangenhelm 1 16G steel size L Medieval Helmet"Conical helmets made up from separate metal plates (spangen) held together and reinforced with metal banding and rivets were in use as early as the 6th century and continued to be used in various forms as late as the 15th century. Our spangenhelms are typical of those in use throughout northern Europe during the 11th century and famously worn by knights on both sides during the Norman invasion of England in 1066. They are constructed from 16 gauge steel, the bowl comprising of two halves, welded together along a centre line back to front. Constructing the bowl from two halves as opposed to four or more separate plates is advantageous in terms of overall strength but would have been a time consuming and costly option for armourers of the period. Steel rivets are used to attach the overlying banding and nose-guard (nasal) to the helmet bowl. The nasal is cut from 3mm thick steel, which is creased along its entire length to increase strength and rigidity. Available in a choice of three nasal designs and in two sizes, medium and large. An adjustable leather liner and chinstrap is included."

 

Functional Steel HelmetFunctional 14 Gauge Steel Combat Helmet - All Steel Construction

This full-size helmet is made of 14 gauge steel. The face bars are welded into place. The inside is unfinished, allowing for customization to individual preferences. The bar spacing is approximately 3/4"; the bars themselves are 1/4" thick. From the close-up photos, you can see how great care was taken to smooth the welds and edges. This is a sturdy helmet that would be suitable for SCA / LARP use. (Be sure and check with your local marshal for approval before use.)

 

The development of the Medieval Helmet

Illustration of various medieval helmets

 

The illustration on the left shows some of the various helmets that were made and used during the 11th and 12th centuries. The conical helmet was often hammered from a single sheet of iron into a conical shape and it could have or be without the nasal or nose piece. The flat top helmet was also used.

The Spangenhelm is an excellent example of an 11th and early 12th century helmet. It was often made of bands of iron that were riveted into the helmet shape and the spaces in between were filled with sheets of iron or other metals. Sometimes the in between sheets were composed of layers of materials.

The Kettle Hat, also called a'chapel-de-fir' was very popular for several centuries. And it still is being used by some armies of today albeit in a modified form, but the kettle hat shape can still be distinctly seen.

As the centuries developed the all encompassing helm became more and more common and they were widely used in the 12th century and later.

 

A Spartan Helmet Make a Spartan Helmet
Make this helmet out of paper mache and cardboard. Complete instructions and video, along with a download of the template The Spartan Helmet



paper mache medieval helmet

Here is a picture of a terrific Medieval Helmet that a student made out of Paper Mache. This picture was submitted by David O. who is a teacher and it was made by one of his students. It is actually a complete paper mache suit of armor! You can check out the whole suit of armor on this page here: Medieval Suits of armor

I do have lots of cardboard and paper mache weapons and armor projects here.

Want to make a medieval helmet? I have a youtube video you can watch right here: