Bascinet topped kettlehelms.

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Stuart Quayle
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Bascinet topped kettlehelms.

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I thought I would share some pics of two helmets I have had made recently, in case it might be of interest here.

I have been after a bascinet topped mid to late 14th century kettlehelmet for some time now, but couldn't find any on the market with a really deep, swept back, brim and pointed front peak, like the ones you see the mounted knights and foot soldiers wearing in the medieval manuscript illumination of the 'Grandes Croniques de France' which bears a picture of the Battle of Crecy.

So ... I contacted a very talented, Finnish armourer - Tomi Aho and asked him to make me two kettlehats to the following specifications:

Mid pointed bascinet skull, medial ridge running down the center of the basin and continuing onto the front brim, where it terminates in a pointed 'peak or beak' (you see quite a few of these pointed beaks on kettlehats towards the close of the 14th century). The brim to be deep, convex, angled slightly downwards and to flare wider to the sides and back - cutting away towards the front peak. Basin and brim to be made of 2mm mild steel.

Both helmets are identical except for the 'cut-aways' towards the front beak, and one has a more defined and promenant beak at the front brim. You see both types in the manuscripts.

Anyway, here are the pics.
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and some more pics.
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and one last pic.
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Here is the illumination of the Battle of Crecy, from the Grandes Croniques de France manuscript. My helmets follow the general lines of the one worn by the central mounted knight, but also copy the peak brimmed versions seen worn in the same illustration.
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it looks damned sexy! i have been looking for a 'non-conformist'? kettle helm for a while now. what was the price range?
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Very nice. :thumbup:

I do like the look of that kettle helmet :P

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Many thanks Caveman101 and Earl Mortimer for the compliments, I am very pleased with the way they turned out - Bravo Tomi! 8-)

The price was very reasonable, £200 per helmet.

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Know that is a good price

have you any details. Website. Etc.

Just for future ref.

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Hi Shane

Tomi does not have a website as such, but he does maintain a web blog in the Armour - Design and Construction section of the Armour Archive, showing off his latest 'work in progress'. Here is the link to it: http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=98467

He armours under the avatar name of "Ghostpig"

I will PM to you Tomi's email address, you can also contact him via his thread on the Armour Archive.

I think he told me that he had space for one more helmet commission (after he finishes his latest creation - a Burgonet) before he goes back to university.

Kind regards
Stuart

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