Battle helm - Grand Bascinet 1430-1440

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The great bascinet developed from the bascinet, a shorter egg-shaped helmet. Earlier versions with mail protection for the throat and neck were later replaced with plates, while the back of the helmet's skull was extended to cover the neck. The face would have been protected by a detachable, rounded visor pierced with numerous holes for sight and ventilation. Bascinets or great bascinets were the first helmets to be worn with complete suits of plate armour.

Based on a 1440's style design, our Grand Bascinet with a "Globular faced" battle helmet made in 1.6mm (16ga) steel. It is it even includes the pin holes to fix it to a curaiss, and although this restricts movement of the helmet there is ample room inside to move the head a little bit even with thick padding on. The visor on this helm has hinges at either side, and the visor can be removed by taking out the pins located on the sides of the skull.

Although it is a spacious helmet with lots of room to breathe, it would fit you best and give you some movement if your head circumference is under 690mm.

Combat ready handmade helmet comes with light padding and leather chin strap already fitted. This is a very well designed and constructed piece. Unlike many other 'off the shelf' helmets available this one was actually built from historical patterns, speciffically for use in Re-enactment combat and is not just a thicker version of inferior collector helmets.

This Great Bascinet features:

  • A pointed visor with many breather holes
  • Visor can open
  • Visor can be removed using the slide pins.
  • Locking pin to hold the visor down.
  • Padded webbing.
  • Chin strap.

Internal Circumference: 770mm  (30")
Height: 380mm (15")
Weight: 4.1kg
Gauge: approx. 1.6mm (16ga)

Combat Rating: 10 out of 10

The thickness of the steel in this helmet varies due to shaping and forming.

Later great bascinet (c. 1440) with rounded skull and visor - showing the position of the wearer's head and the rotation of the visor

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