Crusader Pot Helm with Brass Fittings, 13th C., 1.6 mm Steel
This beautiful high medieval helmet is a beautiful reproduction of a transitional form of the enclosed helmet, as it was used by crusaders / templars in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. This type of helmet is considered to be the forerunner or early form of the large helmet, also known as a bucket helmet or a barrel helmet (in English great helmet or great helmet or great heaume).
In contrast to its predecessor, which initially only consisted of a cylindrical, flat dome and a mask-like face plate (and thus left the sides and the back of the head or neck area completely unprotected), this transition model covered the entire head and thus provided better protection. With this intermediate form of the crusader helmet, however, the elongated face protection still reached much deeper than the side walls and the neck plate.
In the course of the 13th century, the crusader helmet developed further and finally became the ”true” cylindrical bucket helmet, as we know it from numerous illustrations and finds from the Middle Ages. This large pot helmet completely enclosed the head – the same on all sides – and enjoyed great popularity throughout Central Europe.
This replica of a Templar helmet, as it was worn by knights during the Crusades, is based on various historical sources, such as a miniature from the Westminster Psalter (c. 1200-1250, British Library, Royal MS 2 A XXII, f. 220). The helmet is made of 1.6 mm (16 gauge) steel and decorated with a brass cross and crown. The individual parts of the knight’s helmet are all connected to one another by steel rivets. The viewing slits are each approx. 8 cm long, 0.7 to 1.8 cm wide and the ten large, vertical recesses on the lower half ensure the necessary air circulation.
– Material: 1.6 mm steel, brass fittings, leather inlay, leather chin strap
– Suitable for head circumference up to approx. 69 cm
– Long distance (back to front): approx. 25 cm
– Short distance (ear to ear): approx. 19 cm
– Height: approx. 30 cm (front) / 15 cm (back)
– Weight: approx. 3.1 kg