Viking Helmet “Gjermundbu”
Here's the sole contender for the title of true Viking helmet, found directly in Scandinavia. This unique piece of protective armour dates back to 900s years, and was excavated along with the other inventory from the rich warrior's burial, in 1943 in Gjermundbu farm (Norway), and now is stored in the Museum of Cultural History, Oslo.
A historically accurate version of Gjermundbu helmet is an essential for fans of the North going to reenact fierce Vikings. Remember your head is the number one target no matter the period nor fighting style, and don't relent to the point Varangians didn't have those. If this was true, they would never have enough time to leave a mark in history! Check out the technical details below.
Though the artifact has come down to us in fragments, and its museum reconstruction is disputed, a rough idea about its design can be compiled. The semi-spherical dome is formed by 4 sub-triangular plates fastened onto a cross-shaped frame. Those plates were placed on top of the frame and pressed with semicircular ribs, then riveted to the rim at the bottom edge. There was also a cone pommel on top, which can be added on request.
A half-mask with the notching, indicating its succession in design with the early Vendel helmets, was riveted to the front part of the rim. Two small chain rings at one of the survived fragments allowed us suggesting the presence of cheek plates and aventail. Estimated iron thickness of the original helm was 1.5 mm, while we've made ours out of the thicker steel - … Check out the SCA Gjermundbu helmet with hidden protection, devised for medieval full-contact battles and buhurts.
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- Dome - 14 ga stainless steel ;
- Half-mask, cheek plates - 16 ga stainless steel (1.5 mm);
- Stainless aventail.
- Chin strap;
- Cheek plates;
- Authentic design;
- Full-round aventail;
- Adjustable padding.