The Great Helm evolved out of a need for greater protection for the head and neck and was first seen towards the end of the 12th century. It was a very popular style of helmet worn by knights and men-at-arms in most European armies and was also worn by knights of the crusading orders such as the Knights Templar. It offered superior protection to the open face nasal helmet of the previous century but restricted vision and could become hot and stuffy - especially on crusade.
In the 14th century was not uncommon for kings to wear a crown on their great helms so that they could be recognised by their soldiers on the battlefield. The seals of Edward III of England and Robert the Bruce of Scotland both feature their kings, mounted and wearing great helms surmounted with crowns.
This King’s Great Helm with Crown is hand crafted from polished steel and features and adjustable leather "spider" liner and has a decorative brass crown riveted to the top. Constructed from 18 gauge steel construction and not recommended for re-enactment.
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18 gauge steel