Saxon Helmet with Camail

Saxon Helmet with Camail (18g)


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    The Saxon helmet (also known as the 'nasal helmet' or the 'casque Normand') was commonly used from the 6th to the 12th century. It is one of the most recognizable helmets of the medieval period. The helmet’s aesthetic origins or influence stems from a mixture of Celtic, Norse and Anglo-Saxon heritage. The Saxon Helmet is made of 18g steel, forged with the traditional sectional reinforcement plates and nasal guard, which not only protects the nose, but guards against sword slashes across the face. Due to additional 18g banding over the dome of the helmet, about one third of the cranial coverage is 13g equivalent. The Saxon Helmet comes with an adjustable leather liner and a half centimeter thick chinstrap, consisting of two Y-shaped leather pieces which attach to four points of the rim, thus affording the wearer a very secure fitting. Even the brass buckle is a copy of a medieval design. This skillfully hand-crafted helmet gets its name "Camail" from the meaning curtain-mail in which a protective curtain of chain mail is hung from the helmet. This draping of chain mail, often depicted on helms in historical brass reliefs was meant to protect the back of the neck during battle. This helmet is a generous size. If you take a 60-62 hat size, this will comfortably fit. If you take a 57-59 hat size, you will be able to fit and arming cap beneath this too.

    • Width: 21.5 cm.
    • Height: 28 cm.
    • Gauge: 18*
    • Height: 28 cm.
    • Width of noseguard: 4.5 cm.
    • Length of noseguard: 11 cm.
    • Circ. 72.5 cm.
    • Weight: 2.3 Kg. approx
    • Length of camail: 30 cm.
    • Type of camail: butted, 9mm/16g


    * In essence, one gauge thickness (between twenty and twelve) isn't better than another - as it all depends upon what you are using the helmet for and how much weight you deem comfortable. In the late Middle Ages an entire suit of armour could weigh less than 20 kilos. A full plate harness (suit) dated to around 1510AD in the Wallace Collection (collection number #A22) weighs only 19.56Kg (43lbs), a battle-harness (full suit) originally belonging to the Archduke Charles II of Austria, in the collection of the Landeszurghaus arsenal in Graz, Austria weighs only 20kg (45lbs). A full (modern) 16 gauge suit of armour weighs at least 30 kilos. Most re-enactors favour 16 gauge as it's more dent resistant and also for safety reasons. Some even go as far as 14 or 12 gauge, but in terms of overall weight, lighter 20 or 18 gauge helmets are really more historically accurate. The SCA stipulates a minimum of 16 gauge thickness for their helmets. I personally wouldn't recommend 20 gauge helmets for simulated combat but it's a complex issue, for example the curvature and/or fluting and/or additional banding on certain helmets greatly increases their strength, so, some 18 gauge helmets may offer better protection than certain 16 gauge helmets.



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