This is an accurate reproduction of the mid-14th century English Great Helm, which is housed at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. It is one of only three of this type of helmet which is known to have survived.
The other great helms are Edward the Black Prince's, now held at Canterbury Cathedral and Sir Richard Pembridge's, which is now in Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland. The great helm was made for the battlefield and used in the field until the end of the 14th century, after which it was often used for jousting.
The Great Helm would cover the whole head and neck area, with sights which would usually be 20-30mm wide. On this helmet the edges of these have been turned out to form glancing surfaces away from the eyes. The breaths for air are only on the right side of the helmet which was to protect the wearer from an opponent's blow from the left during a joust.
This product is part of our exciting new Royal Armouries Replica Collection which lets enthusiasts experience objects from the collection 'at first hand'. Our expert curators have been closely involved with the development of this exciting new range to ensure these replicas accurately represent the originals with a tremendous attention to detail.
Being based on one of only three surviving English great helms which were used for war, this reproduction makes a fantastic collector's item, with an important story. It would make a great ornamental piece or a fantastic addition to any medieval re-enactor armoury.Please note, this helmet does not come with a liner.