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Combat-ready XVI century burgonet helmet with two interchangeable visors!
During High and Late Medieval periods evolution of the European helmets was advancing not only in the direction of better protection but, also, wider universality of the helmets. Different types of military actions demanded different property from the helmets: for the lance charge or jousting helmet had to be closed, providing maximum protection from the frontal attack to the face and best support for the neck, — even if the price of poor visibility and limited mobility had to be paid. For the relatively light cavalry of demi-lancers and reiters (which was gaining popularity in XVI century) combination of visibility and protection was a must, and for foot combat visibility and ease of breathing always were main concerns. The "ideal" helmet had to be quickly transformed — to comply with the task at hand.
The burgonet helmet appeared first at the beginning of the XVI century was specifically designed to answer these challenges.
It is not surprising thou, that during the XVI and early XVII century burgonets were among the most popular helmets among military professionals of all European nations.
English gentlemen, German Schwartz Reiters, French Gen d'Armes and Spanish conquistadors cavalry — everywhere burgonets found a good use (due to the high humidity and heat conquistadors were using it primarily without a buff).
The burgonet we are presenting was inspired by the production of the famous Greenwich Royal Armory which, during Tudor era, was supplying English military elite with its superb and elegant armors.
Use and key features
Clean and elegant design of our English burgonet is following the best examples from Greenwich, its meticulously clean finishing is equaled only by the superb level of protection and unique universality of this helmet. For those of SCA fighters, WMA practitioners, reenactors and medieval enthusiasts interested in the XVI century that very well could be the one helmet fitted for all tasks.
Clean helmet scull with tall ridge and unified visor provides excellent protection from the strikes from the top. While hinged cheek-plates ensures the ease of putting helmet on and taking it off, in locked position they are creating, together with the tail of the helmet scull, solid nape-guard and great support for the neck.
Falling buff with the unified gorget provides solid protection for the face and the throat — and could be easily adjusted with locking spring pins on each segment. Or the buff could be removed altogether — and replaced with the bar-grill style of visor, suited for the SCA fighting.
For the jousting our English style burgonet could be easily reinforced with the grandguard or custom solid visor.
Highlights of this model includes:
- compliance with historical prototypes;
- high level of protection, convenience of use and universality;
- base model is made of 2 mm (14 ga) cold-rolled mild steel with 2 removable visors included: authentic visor with 2 sliding plates and SCA bar-grill which also looks great;
- upgrade to 16 ga stainless steel available for $200 extra;
- upgrade to 14 ga stainless steel available for $250 extra;
- other custom modification also available upon request.
This is one of our best helmets so far — and we are really proud that we are able to offer it to our clients!
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