Our Open Sallet is based on a late XV century skull cap type sallet helmet. The sallet (“celata” in Italian) was very popular in Italy. The term “celata” appears in 1407 in the armor manuscript of the Gonzaga family. The description of this helmet in the historical records indicates various differences from the barbute (another popular helmet in XV century Italy).
Our Open Sallet is a stylization of the artifact helm that was found during the building of the Fortune Theatre on Golden Lane in 1920s London. It’s dated circa. 1480 and was previously preserved in the armor collection of the businessman Henry Griffith Keasbey (1850-1932).
The round skull with the face-opening has a central comb over the top and the bottom edge lines taper back, creating the pointed short tail at the rear of the helmet. These edges are rounded off so as to give the helmet a more natural look.
Our Open Sallet is equipped with a chin strap and may be decorated with the brass at your request.
This late XV century skull cap type sallet helmet is historically accurate and makes a good set with other XV century armor pieces such as: