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Unique to the Medieval Shoppe! This helmet is based on the Hans Reiter von Kornberg's helmet (from the 1370's) and the classic sugarloaf helmet. It's a generous size so it will take a thick arming cap or an additional foam liner (or interior sheepskin padding). We have made this helmet with over eighty large (1cm) ventilation holes, which ensure excellent air flow and some downward vision. The chain mail aventail is historically correct: not only does it create a great decorative flourish, but also offers the wearer additional clavicle protection and creates a net to catch wayward blade thrusts getting up into the helmet.
The helm is made from 14 gauge steel, although this is not the total indication of its real strength as the steel is also reinforced with 22 gauge brass banding over the face, moreover, the superior deflective curved design of this helm will take far more punishment than an older-style flat-topped helm.
By the end of the 13th century, the flat-topped helm was being given up in favour of the 'Sugarloaf' helm (as it is generally called). The importance of a 'glancing surface' in armour was being better appreciated by the late 1200’s. Although thickness of material was of some importance in defensive armour, this providing of curved smooth surfaces from which a weapon would slip, was considered to be of supreme importance by the armour-smiths of later periods.
With these early bullet-shaped helms (as indeed with nearly all great helms) the vision and breathing apertures were pierced in the plates of the helm itself and were not part of a movable visor – which was a later innovation. They do not seem to have been bolted on to the shoulders, as were the fifteenth and sixteenth century tilting helms, but rested upon the crown of the head. For this reason an arming cap (padded coif) was considered a necessary accompaniment, and we may surmise that the interior was further padded with fur, sheepskin or a quilted material, affording a more secure fit, extra comfort and supplementary protection to the wearer.