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19th Century Fine Copy of Medieval Blunt End Bascinet Helmet
  • 19th Century Fine Copy of Medieval Blunt End Bascinet Helmet
  • 19th Century Fine Copy of Medieval Blunt End Bascinet Helmet
  • 19th Century Fine Copy of Medieval Blunt End Bascinet Helmet
  • 19th Century Fine Copy of Medieval Blunt End Bascinet Helmet
  • 19th Century Fine Copy of Medieval Blunt End Bascinet Helmet

19th Century Fine Copy of Medieval Blunt End Bascinet Helmet

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£3,200.00


Product Description

A very well made and original looking 19th Century Victorian copy of a c1400 Blunt Fronted Bascinet Helmet.

This is the archetypal helmet worn by Knights during the Middle Ages, being the most common form during the 13th and 14th Centuries. Originally developed to be worn under the great helm or barrel helm, the bascinet eventually evolved to include a raising visor, like in this case. The original purpose was to protect the warrior during hand-to-hand combat, but allowing him to discard his heavy, hot, suffocating great helm.

This example replicates a later evolution, probably from the early 14th Century. The additional visor made the helmet more versatile, for both lance and hand to hand combat. The helmet skull is a one-piece construction in steel, with a separate retractable pointed visor. The visor can be removed by removing the pins from a hinge assembly on both sides. There is a line of 10 holes for the eyes and numerous ventilation holes above and below the eyes, on either side of the face.

The Bascinet is heavy, being made by thick steel. The quality is very superior to most Victorian copies, and could easily pass as original, if it were not for the very good condition. All the fittings and studs are irregular showing that helmet has been constructed in traditional manner, without the regularity of modern tooling. The steel has just the right amount of wear and age toning to the steel, that makes the helmet absolutely original looking.

Size: 24 x 31.5 x 28 cm
Weight: 3032 g

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