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“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 defence 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.
Beautiful Adjustable Liner & Chinstrap This helmet has the best chinstrap you will find on any medieval helmet on sale in Australia – me thinks. It’s leather (of course) and almost half a centimeter thick (3.5mm). Each strap is Y-shaped and attaches to two different points of the helmet – making it twice as strong as helmets that make a single connection on each side. This ensures less movement of the helmet and the preponderance of thick leather around the jawline adds to your protection. The buckle is solid brass and of an authentic medieval design too. The internal leather liner is comfortable, malleable and fully adjustable.
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