The Pembridge Great Helm is a 14th-century helmet that belonged to one of King Edward III's knights, Sir Richard Pembridge (d.1375), who fought in the Hundred Years' War between England and France. It is of a style that would have been seen on the battlefields of Crecy in 1346 and Poitiers in 1356. The original Pembridge Great Helm is on display in the National Museum of Scotland.
A Great Helm would have been worn over a bascinet with mail coif or a smaller helmet to provide the best head protection possible. From the middle of the 14th century, this type of helmet became increasingly popular among the warrior class throughout Europe. Our Pembridge Great Helm has a liner that adjusts to fit a variety of head sizes to improve its wearing comfort. The narrow slits function as eye slits, and the small holes serve as decorative ventilation.
The inner circumference of this great helm measures approx. 66-80 cm from the bowl to the bottom and the helmet is made of 18 gauge carbon steel.
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