Early 14th Century Great Bascinet - 18 Gauge - SNH2224PL18

Early 14th Century Great Bascinet - 18 Gauge

Front to Back: 9''
Side to Side: 7''
Circumference: 26 1/2''
Weight: 6 lb 15 oz

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18 Gauge Steel

This is an 18 Gauge steel version of this helm. Constructed of thinner steel it weighs significantly less than the 14 Gauge version. Only One Available

This early 14th Century Bascinet helm is constructed of riveted 18 gauge steel. The visor of the helm can be lifted upwards - the visor is fixed into place when raised or lowered by two steel push-button springs. The interior of the helm has been blackened and has been fitted with an adjustable interior suspension lining of leather. The helm is held to the head with an adjustable chin strap of leather with a brass buckle.

The larger form of the bascinet could be fitted with a visor to turn it into a Great Bascinet. This helmet was a successor to the simpler barrel-like Great Helm. Not only does the Great Bascinet have the advancement of having a hinged visor, but it has more curved surfaces, particularly at the top of the helm’s ‘’skull’’ that serve to deflect the force of a strike, as opposed to absorbing it fully as a flat-topped helm might.

The Bascinet was used extensively throughout Europe throughout the 14th to mid-15th century. Contrary to its appearance, the Great Bascinet’s design evolution derives more from increasingly protective skull-cap conical helms than the Great Helm.

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