Bascinet Helmet (Houndskull)
This Houndskull Bascinet Helmet is an impressive piece of armor that you can wear or include to your collection. It is made from mild steel and is finely crafted, making it an excellent addition to your collection, for reenactments, stage plays, or other activities like LARP – a live action role play.
Specs and Size of this Bascinet Helmet (Houndskull)
Ear to Ear: 19cm
Front to Back: 23cm
Weight: 2.4 Kg
Standard Sheet Thickness – 18/20 Gauge (Available to Customize)
Materials Used for the Bascinet Helmet
This Bascinet Helmet is made from high-quality materials to perfectly replicate the historical piece. It is made from mild steel with a thickness of 1.22 millimeters. Mild steel is a material that has high tensile strength which means it is tough and can withstand high levels of tension.
Appearance of the Bascinet Helmet
This Houndskull Bascinet Helmet provides maximum protection for your head and neck. It keeps the traditional design which involves a visor that covers the entire face and a muzzle that resembles a hounds face.
It features a visor with tiny holes for the user to see through it. On the edge of the helmets neck portion, there are drilled holes that allow for the attachment of a chainmail or an aventail for additional protection.
If you engage in stage plays, reenactments, or LARP, this helmet is also a great piece to wear together with your medieval costume. It is also great as a display piece if you are a collector or a simple medieval enthusiast who collects replicas of historical pieces.
Measurements and Customization
For this helmets size, it is 19 centimeters from ear to ear and 23 centimeters from front to back. It has an approximate circumference of 66 centimeters and its overall weight is 2.4 kilograms.
For customization, you can choose its circumference based on your needs. The sheet thickness of the skull can be 12, 14 16, 18, and 20 gauge. The sheet thickness for the face can be selected as well, and the choices include 16, 18, and 20 gauge.
History of the Bascinet
The bascinet was a Medieval European military helmet that was open-faced. It evolved from a type of skullcap made from iron or steel. However, this featured a more pointed top to its skull, and it extended downwards towards the rear and sides. This was to provide additional neck protection.
The ancient models featured a camail or aventail curtain. This was commonly attached to the helmets lower edge to protect the neck shoulders, and throat. A visor was also present to protect the face during combat.
Whether it was the klappvisor or the double-pivot version, visors coming from the first half of the 14th century used to be relatively flat with a slight projection from the face. These also had eye slits surrounded by a flange, which was made to deflect weapon points.
Around 1380, the visor became larger than the previous ones. This was drawn out into a conical point similar to a muzzle or a beak. With that, the helmet was given the name houndskull, which is derived from a German term that meant hounds hood. In modern parlance, this meant pig faced.