The bascinet is the most popular European medieval helmet. It has a variety of skull-forms and types of visor and is arguably the most important piece in a set of armor.
The Klappvisier was the result of many permutations over the life of the bascinet. Historical sources indicate that beginning in the XIV century all bascinet helmets were made with a visor.
There were three types of visor connection: folding, hanging and lifting. The folding connection was fixed on the forehead part of the helmet with a hinge. A hanging visor was fixed on both sides of the bascinet by pins. These pins could be removed to allow for the removal of the visor. The lifting visor was made to allow a round movement. In this case associated visor was struck on each side with an externally serrated circle enclosing a rosette. From approximately the middle of the XIV century, a new type of visor was developed to facilitate breathing. Because of its special conical shape this type of visor was called “Hundsgugel” or “Houndskull” meaning “dog face”.
You can order your Klappviser Bascinet forged from mild, tempered, or stainless steel in a variety of thicknesses. Ultra-light titanium is also available. When choosing your Klappviser you are able to select from three visor types or to go for ultimate customization and order all three so that you can change your helmet’s look at will. We draw your attention that if helmet is ordered without aventail – it’ll made without vervelles.
Please note that if you order a bascinet helmet with one visor, the visor will not be removable. If you would like to get a bascinet with a removable visor, send us an email to inquire.