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Towards the close of the fourteenth century the adoption of this style of helm became universal, eliciting much uncomplimentary criticisms from contemporary writers who coined pejorative names for this superb design, i.e.: “snout-faced", "pig-faced" or “hounskull” (skull of a hound). In the Tower of London a similar helmet is preserved, weighing 5.2 lbs. (2.38kg). This sixteen gauge reproduction weighs 2.685 kilos, although without its leather liner and chinstrap, we can surmise that it would weigh about the same as that extant original example. The helmets were popular for good reason. The snout provides a crumple zone, gives good deflection, assists with air-flow and ensures that one’s nose never uncomfortably rubs against metal - vision is also surprisingly good. The helmet has a completely removable hinged visor, attachable with a peg attached with a chain. There are fourteen perforated brass knobs at the side and rear to serve for the attachment of a chain mail curtain (aventail).
IMPORTANT - If this helmet is to be worn for combat, a buckled strap, cord or hook should be added to keep the visor closed.