Houndscull bascinett nr5



The houndskull (German: Hundsgugel), a variation of the late medieval bascinet, enjoyed great popularity with knights and warriors throughout Europe until about 1420. It owed its name to the characteristic design of its visor, which featured a projecting ”muzzle” that resembled the face of a dog (hound, or in German: Hund). Pig face bascinet is another term sometimes used to refer to this particular medieval helmet type.

The visored helmet we offer here is based on an original late 14th century houndskull that can be seen in the Armoury of the Castle of Churburg (Castel Coira) in South Tyrol, Italy.
It is crafted from approx. 1.6 mm thick steel, and equipped with a fully detachable face guard securely held in position with pegs. This visor features a series of approx. 1.5 cm high, 0.5 cm wide eye-slits, as well as numerous round cutouts on its right side for proper ventilation.
The sides and bottom edge of the helmet bowl are studded with so-called vervelles made of steel. These small protruding rivets with holes allow for the addition of a chainmail aventail or camail (not included in the scope of delivery).
The interior is blackened for better corrosion resistance, and fitted with a padded liner made of black cotton fabric and attached to the bowl’s edge with sturdy stitches. The helmet can be secured under the chin with ties.

This fully wearable knightly helm is most fitting for settings of the late Middle Ages and ideal to complete the armour of a European warrior. It will make your transformation into a proud knight just perfect, and is a great, decorative addition to any helmet collector’s treasure chamber.

– Material: 1.6 mm steel, padded cotton inlay
– Suitable for head circumference up to approx. 64 cm
– Long distance (back to front): approx. 22 cm
– Short distance (ear to ear): approx. 19 cm
– Height: approx. 28 cm
– Weight: approx. 3.1 kg

Specs may slightly vary from piece to piece.

The steel used here is not rust-proof and might show slight surface tarnishing in places. We recommend you to maintain helmets on a regular basis, for example using Ballistol Universal Oil, which is ideally suited for steel care.

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