This 14th Century Great Helm is based on the helm of Sir Richard Pembridge, an English knight who served King Edward III during the Hundred Years War. The helmet is a great example of the type of Great Helm worn by knights and professional men-at-arms at battles such as Crecy (1346) and Poitiers (1356). These domed-top Great Helms were a notable improvement over flat-topped helms by better deflecting and redirecting the force of a downward blow. The raised ridged at the eye slits give them greater durability to prevent easy deformation and the large quatrefoil cut-outs serve as an anchor point for a chain-toggle that would have been connected to the breastplate. This chain connection allowed for knight the remove the helmet and free his hands for other weapons or his mount’s reins as needed without fearing for the loss of his helmet. (No chain toggle is included).
These great helms were typically worn over a well-padded coif, or a coif of mail. They could also be worn over a close-fitting steel skullcap. For additional protection these helmets could be well-padded on the interior. This fully wearable replica is crafted from riveted and weld-reinforced plates of 16 gauge steel. The interior is well padded with a suspension liner of firm padded foam which is encased within a stitched shell of durable cotton canvas cloth. It can be adjusted to trim the fit of the helmet with its integrated cord. A chin strap of durable leather with an antique-finished steel buckle secure the helm to the head.
- Front to Back: 9″
- Side to Side: 8″
- Interior Circumference: 25 1/2″
- Weight: 7 lbs 7 oz
- Gauge: 16 Gauge Steel