A question we often receive is, “How do I keep the inner padding of the helmet clean while it’s sewed to the skull of the helmet?”
Our advice is – wear a linen arming cap under it.
In order to keep both your hair and your helmet padding clean, you need a washable layer between your hair and your helmet padding.
In Medieval Europe this type of linen cap was the most widespread type of basic head covering. A biggins (another name for this linen hat) was in common use from the XII up to XV centuries. It had the same purpose as underclothes. It was worn under the more expensive and elaborate hat. However, it was often used as the sole head-covering. No wonder that knights also put a linen cap under their helmets. Breaking the common stereotype, medieval warriors did care about cleanliness.
If you are one of our customers you already know about our free service additions to your order such as linen bags for armor and an “armor care kit”. We decided to add one more thing to this list. When ordering a helmet with the option “Padded coif” or “Padded liner” you’ll get a free linen arming cap with purchase.
It’s made from thin, white flax and doesn’t affect the helmet size measurements. It has a two-part design with two laces and is “one size fits all”.
We hope this small addition will make your purchase and your experience in medieval combat that much more enjoyable.