- Gift Vouchers
“This iron hat is called also in French, armet, and was occasionally put on by knights, when they retired from the Mêlée of the battle, to rest themselves and take breath.” --- A Treatise on ancient armour and weapons by Sir Frances Grose, 1796.
Powerful steel rivets bind two crossing strips on this helmet, providing impenetrable defense against blows. The overall construction and craftsmanship of this piece is phenomenal. Much more comfortable to wear than more elaborate helmets, and a wonderful display piece for any room.
The period when the chapel-de-fer prevailed was probably longer than that of any other helmet; its simplicity of form, together with its general protective qualities, must have made it universally popular. Mentioned in statutes as early as the end of the 12th century, its form survived in the pikeman's helmet of the middle of the 17th century, and so stretched over an epoch covering close on five hundred years, during the whole of which time such alterations of its general form as can be traced are surprisingly slight. As its name implies, the chapel-de-fer or sometimes chapeau-de-fer, means nothing more than a hat of iron, as the brim slopes gently downward, much after the manner of the hats of civilians as represented in pictures of the early Dutch schools.
Generous Size – This will fit somebody with a large hat size (60-62) without an arming cap, or it will fit somebody with a regular hat size (57-59) with an arming cap. Arming caps are historically accurate, they make a helmet more comfortable and they help absorb the shock of an impact.
16 gauge - Helmets generally come in 4 different gauges: 20, 18, 16 and 14 (confusingly, the smaller the number, the thicker the metal). 18 gauge is the most historically accurate for overall weight, and some medieval helmets could even be compared to 20 gauge for overall weight: as back in the day our ancestors had a preference for light equipment. 16 gauge is the most popular gauge for simulated combat (and is accordingly favoured by the SCA), it’s not too heavy, but it’s robust. It can be compared in weight to medieval tournament armour. 14 gauge is probably too heavy to be historically accurate but is used by some re-enactors.
A very high quality piece of armour that would be perfect for any good armour collection. Has a good weight to is and the straps feel good and sturdy. The inside of the helmet is easy to adjust for comfort and a good fit.
Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an awesome helmet. Angus on 29th Aug 2014