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Helmet “Armet a Rondolle”

Medieval knight armet helmet, 15th c.

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Helmet “Armet a Rondolle”

Medieval knight armet helmet, 15th c.

In the XIV century Italy became a trendsetter of armor fashion in Western Europe. Italians were the first who dared to dress a knight in fully-enclosed plate armour, and created a Milanese armor, built of the large smooth rounded plates covering almost the entire surface of the body. The main feature of this style of armor was the knight helmet of a completely new type - Armet Helmet.

Historical source

The bulk of the design for this model came from the Italian armets of the second half and late 15th century, the strongest influence came from an original "armet a` rondelle" dated about 1475 from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, we didn’t intend to make an exact replica, rather to create a knight helmet that we feel would look in its place in XV century Europe.

Design and technical details

Semispherical skull of the helmet rises to a slight peaked comb and extends at the back to form a distinctive narrow tail. There is an additional plate on the forehead, designed to reinforce this point and forming the lower part of the sight slit. Сlassic pointed visor of the helmet, named "sparrows' beak", is fitted with the external pivoted hinges and equipped with a pin on the right side, that enables the wearer to raise the visor for more air or to be recognized.

Cheek plates and wrapper

During the 15th-century armet knight helmet was characterised by the unique design of its sides - they are inner hinged at a point just over the ear and closed below the bottom edge of the visor at the front. The armet's cheek plates hinge outward to allow the helm to be put on and off, and secured with a peg that fits into a hole at the front and almost meet at the rear. Face opening and bottom edge of the cheek plates are trimmed with an outward turn.

The next important feature, that makes the armet very well suited for jousting, is an addition wrapper plate, that fits to the front of the armet and provides reinforcement for the lower half of the face. The wrapper includes the articulated overlapping plates that extend downward to protect the throat. It is of all 14 gauge mild steel construction, except the throat plates which are from 16 ga.

Rondelle disc-guard

The helm is complemented with a disc-guard (rondell) and a moulded peg placed over the back closure. The rondell was a common detail of the armet helmets starting from the 1440s and up to the first decades of the 16th century. Obviously, there are no random pieces among the armour harness: the rondell protected from cutting off the leather straps as well as the rear joint of the cheek-plates.

Armet usage patterns

Originally this medieval knight helmet can be used for any purpose - fully assembled with visor and wrapper for tournaments, or w/o wrapper as combat knight's helmet and w/o visor in dismounted combat. Due to the excellent technical qualities, the armet is absolutely essential to a fully armored heavy cavalryman who tourneys in a jousting contest and is also suitable for all other kinds of combat reenactment activities. The standard features of the helmet meet the armor requirements of the leading international living history groups, such as HMBIA (BotN), WMFC, upgraded to 14 ga stainless can be used for IMCF combat as well. Armet helmet works perfectly with the Milanese style cuirasses, such as Paladin Etched Stainless Cuirass Breastplate. There is also an etched version especially for those who believe in both functional and beautiful armor.

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Chin strap with a drawstring and toggle

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Chin straps with one buckle (left pictures) and two buckles (right pictures).

Safety disclaimer: Sword-fighting and fencing is a dangerous sport. Fencing, historical fencing, medieval reenactment and martial arts as well as other related types of activity, are inherently connected to a certain risk level of injuries or death. The Company declines all responsibility for any traumas or harm done to oneself or to the third person, along with any material or consequential damage, impaired during the products usage. We admonish that all acts with armour, weapons or their components have to be performed before designated person who is responsible for safety of the particular event and accredited to supervise armour and sport weapon conformance to the event’s standards.

Materials and key features:

  • 14 ga (2 mm) stainless steel;
  • Natural leather strap with buckle;
  • Authentic padding studded with rivets.

Padding options:

  • no padding by request;
  • cell foam fabric padding.

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  • ethan horetsky 13 of August 2019:

    Hello I asked earlier on blackening if this helmet how would the 20% extra charge be added on purchase and have a few other questions on some things like can it have brass rivets and can the neck of the helmet have twisted wire edges like the gothic knight sallet. I plan to pair the helmet with the gothic armor blackened as well at a later time.

    ArmStreet Team:

    Dear Ethan, yes everything is possible for the extra cost. Please contact our support team to calculate the price. 

  • Arnwal 24 of February 2019:

    Can this be made to ACL specs?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Arnwal, yes it is possible. Please send us all the requirements to the helmet in the comment to your order. 

  • harry 09 of December 2018:

    Is it posible to see a picture of the helmets profile?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Dear Harry! You may check the helmet's profile here. It is the same helmet, but etched. 

  • Bradley Eefsting 13 of October 2018:

    Is it possible to do a split payment option or does it all have to be in one go?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Bradley! Yes, it is possible to split the payment. 

  • Orion Melton 14 of May 2018:

    Would it be possible to get this in mild steel rather than stainless and with a satin polish along with a 2.5mm thickness?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Orion, yes everything is possible. 

  • Kaia 25 of November 2016:

    This is an amazing helmet that I'd love to get, but I probably won't be able to place an order until January. Will it still be available by then, considering it is listed as limited?

    ArmStreet team:

    Yes, the helmet should be available for custom order in January.

  • Travis 10 of October 2016:

    What is the visual difference between the two polishes? Also do you need to wear a padded coif or can you wear the helmet without one?

    ArmStreet team:

    The visual difference between two types of polishing is that you can see your reflection in the mirror one once the satin polishing is dull.
    The helmet is meant to be worn over the padded coif. The padding is included into the helmet cost.

  • Travis 08 of October 2016:

    What happens if you get our measurements and make it but it doesn't fit in a particular way? Is there a fit guarantee?

    ArmStreet team:

    The best warranty on the custom made item are measurements taken properly. We accept claims concerning misfits, but please be ready to provide us proofs of the accurate measurements in the form of photos with the tape measure attached. In

    In case of our mistake, we will either remake the item or refund. In case of customer’s mistake he/she will have the opportunity to buy the remake for the 50% of the price approximately. In both cases the initial product should be sent back to the Company.

  • Tomy Jenny 24 of July 2016:

    Hi Mate,i want buy this(Armet Knight Helmet)so what is that (Armet Knight Helmet) can be order with 2.5mm for the thick plate? Thanks :) Regards, Tomy Jenny

    ArmStreet team:

    It can't be made of 2.5 mm steel, sorry. It's made of 2 mm mild steel, and can be upgrated to 1.5 mm ($100.00 extra) or 2 mm ($150.00 extra) stainless steel.

  • Daniel Hughes II 16 of September 2015:

    PLEASE PLEASE Consider this. This is amazing and beautiful helm. Could you make SCA bargrill for it? (had a website here but it wont allow me to send it-- Google Armet Bar Grill) shows one with an exchangeable bargrilL! Please consider this. I know you guys could do this better than the website and it would turn this helm into an art piece on weekdays and a very good helm at the SCA events!

    ArmStreet team:

    We've discussed your request with the armorer, and he says it's quite difficult to make the armet with bargrill. Maybe we could step into this project in the future.

  • Nick Parry 12 of May 2015:

    Greetings! I noticed that this helmet is now listed as limited; do you plan to no longer make this style of helm? I have been saving up for a while to order one of these and I want to make sure I will still have the chance. Thanks!

    ArmStreet team:

    We're going to make at least five helmets of this model, you're welcome!

  • Jacob 29 of April 2015:

    Is this helmet compatible with the "Paladin Knight Armor Kit Etched Stainless" armor suit?

    ArmStreet team:

    Armet may be worn with Paladin Knight Armor Kit without bevor only. Please note, that the gorget with throat protection is already included in the Paladin armor suit.

  • Luke 12 of March 2013:

    This is my favorite style helmet. I can't wait until I have the cash to buy this with the Generation II ArmStreet's full kit of medieval knight armor. I will be the happiest man on earth. <3

  • Keeper Smith 18 of January 2013:

    The pictures are shown without any padding/lining. Does this helmet come with any padding or lingin, like the other helmets?

    ArmStreet team:

    Yes, all our helmets come with lining by default.

  • Keeper Smith 17 of January 2013:

    The Armet Helm Exclusive Medieval Knight Armor is not shown with any padding or lining. I noticed the medieval Burgonet comes with a lining/padding, and was wondering if that was standard with all of your helms or if it only came with the ones it was shown with. Also, if I would like this helm (the Armet Helm Exclusive Medieval Knight Armor) as opposed to the one that comes standard with the MEDIEVAL KNIGHT ARMOR SCA FUNCTIONAL SUIT would there be an upcharge, and if so how much? Thank You ~Keeper Smith

    ArmStreet team:

    Authentic padding and chin strap are included.
    Change on armet helmet will cost $250 extra.

  • Isaac 14 of April 2012:

    Hello Is the neck thing in the picture included? Thanks!

    ArmStreet team:

    Yes, bevor is included.

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  • Christopher 08 of July 2020:

    Can this helmet be made in the blackened steel like the Dark Star Armor Set?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hello, yes it is possible. It adds 25% to the price. Please simply leave this request in the comment section to your order and we will send you the invoice for the extra cost then. 

  • ethan 13 of November 2019:

    Love the new armet if you want I could send a few pictures of it and the etched one you guys made in 2016 along side the new one.

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hello, thank you for your feeback! Sure, we would appreciate if you could send us couple of pictures :) 

  • Timmy Ballard 20 of January 2001:

    Amazing work, great steel accent to use with any sort of armor! Thank you very

  • Ivan Jones 20 of January 2001:

    Fantastic hand made helmet. Outstanding execution. Thanks!

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