The Byzantine Empire covered the period spanning Late Antiquity until the Middle Ages: roughly 395–1453. Thanks to the Migration Period, the Early Middle Ages’ armor included different styles and types. The most common type of helmet of that time was a helm composed of segments which are affixed to a wide metal ring. This manner of construction is also called “Spangenhelm” and can be seen on the Bayeux Tapestry. It’s no wonder that significant improvements in the shape of helmets occurred in the X century due to the influence of the East, where blacksmithing technologies were more developed as compared to Western Europe.
Our Byzantine style helmet is made from four quarters connected by four steel bands and a wide ring. The steel nasal element and vertical steel bands are decorated with brass. There are brass squares all along the wide steel ring. A steel rosette on the top of the helmet is riveted to all elements of the skull. The red bristle decor symbolizes flames and gives an exquisite look to this helmet.
Our Byzantine Helmet’s aventail can be mail or riveted aventail which will be fixed on the bottom line of the skull and nasal element. The inside fastening is leather straps with a buckle. The helmet can be made from mild steel, tempered steel, stainless steel, or titanium. Whatever option you choose, the skull and nasal element of the helmet will be decorated with brass.
In its standard form, the Byzantine helmet can be used in LARP and reenactment. But if you are interested in getting this helmet for full contact medieval combat, it’s possible to make it buhurt-optimized. Feel free to contact us for more details.