This reproduction of the Anglo-Saxon Coppergate helm is crafted from riveted plates of steel and is vibrantly embellished with brass fittings. An aventail of butted mail is fitted to the helm and the interior of the helm is fully lined with leather and finished with an adjustable suspension liner of leather and an adjustable leather chin strap with an antiqued brass buckle.
The original Coppergate Helm was found in the remains of an old well where it had once been stashed away and hidden near York. The elaborate Anglo-Saxon helm dates to the 8th century and was constructed of iron and brass.
The Coppergate helm is in itself an artistic fusion of paganism and early Christianity. The intricate knotwork of the nasal bar and the twisted, serpentine ornamentation hearken to the the pagan cultural artwork of Northern Europe – but the crossed bars of brass over the dome of the helm (which by themselves form a literal cross) are embossed with a prayer in abbreviated latin. The inscription is likely an prayer of protection for its owner, Oshere.