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The great helmet or pot helmet was developed around the 12th century during the time of the crusades and it was used until the 14th century by both knights and heavy infantrymen all over Europe. In these centuries it changed from a simple design with only narrow slits for the eyes and mouth to a rounded helmet.
The great helmet provided more protection than the earlier nasal helmet but it reduced the peripheral vision and it had limited ventilation so generally it was put on just before the fight. A smaller helmet, like a secret of bascinet, was often worn underneath the great helmet. Similar helmets were found in Germany, The Netherlands, Flanders, England, Italy, Switzerland and Austria and they were worn by France and England during the Hundred Years? War.
This great helmet is made after several originals that were worn during the Crusades. Helmets like this were also worn by Knight orders like the Templars and the Hospitallers.This helmet is custom made, click here to download the size table.
The Knights Hospitaller or the Knights of St John was a medieval military Christian organisation, founded to protect and care for the pilgrims that went to the Holy Land. The order was dedicated to John the Baptist and its headquarters were subsequently situated in Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta. It still exists today.
Choosing the size that fits you best
Add 3,5 cm to your head circumference if you wear an arming cap under your helmet.
Add 2,5 cm to your head circumference if you wear a chainmail coif under your helmet.
Add 6 cm to your head circumference if you wear both an arming cap and a chainmail coif under your helmet.
Maintenance & care
Prevent rust and corrosion by oiling your armour regularly. Remove rust easily with black sandpaper.
This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.
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