The great helmet or pot helmet was developed around the 12th century from the nasal helmet. Extra plates for the protection of the face were added. The result was the bucket helmet. Around the 13th century this bucket helmet was further developed so it also protected the back of the neck. Between the 12th and 14th century it changed from a simple design with only narrow slits for eyes and mouth to a rounded helmet.
The great helmet provided more protection than the earlier nasal helmet but it reduced the peripheral vision and it had limited ventilation so generally it was put on just before the fight. A smaller helmet, like a secret of bascinet, was often worn underneath the great helmet. Similar helmets were found in Germany, The Netherlands, Flanders, England, Italy, Switzerland and Austria and they were worn by France and England during the Hundred Years? War.This helmet is custom made, click here to download the size table.
Max. head circumference size S:
Max. head circumference size M: 58 cm
Max. head circumference size L: 60 cm
Max. head circumference size XL: 62 cm
Max. head circumference size XXL: 64 cm
Custom made: yes
Material: carbon steel
Thickness: 1.3 mm/1.6 mm/2.0 mm
Based on a historical original: yes
Transport weight (gram): 3000 *
Choosing the size that fits you best
Add 3,5 cm to your head circumference if you wear an arming cap under your helmet.
Add 2,5 cm to your head circumference if you wear a chainmail coif under your helmet.
Add 6 cm to your head circumference if you wear both an arming cap and a chainmail coif under your helmet.
Maintenance & care
Prevent rust and corrosion by oiling your armour regularly. Remove rust easily with black sandpaper.
This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.
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