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Small Size 14th Century Bascinet. Medieval Knight's Helmet (18g) Chinstrap & Leather Liner

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  • Product Description

    • Circ: 75cm
    • Height: 28cm
    • Weight:  2.87
    • For hat size 52/54/56


    This helmet has an 18 gauge (historically accurate for overall weight) durable steel construction (0.1% carbon). Most of the face is covered by two steel sections so it has 13 gauge (equivalent) coverage. 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.* (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 isue, for example the  curtature and/or fluting and/or banding on certain helmets greatly increases their strength, so, some  18 gauge helmets may offer better protection than certain 16 gauge helmets.) The inside is coated with anti-rust paint. Visibilty and air flow is surprising good. The visor lifts and can be locked into place (down or up).

    The most popular of the light helmets at the 14th century was the bascinet. It appears on nearly every monumental brass from that era depicting a military figure, and was an essential part of military equipment – even for many lowly foot soldiers. Most helmets were of polished metal, others were covered with leather, and indeed silk and velvet as fashion dictated. Frequent references to these 'covers' occur in medieval inventories and wills. Sometimes, in the case of Royalty or noblemen of rank, the bascinet was encircled with a fillet or crown of gold and gems. The ocularium, or vision slit, was sometimes cut in the front of a salade, but more often it was set in a pivoted visor which could be thrown back.

    *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. 



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