The Weirdest and Fiercest Helmets from the Age of Armored Combat

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If you're going to go into battle wearing a full suit of metal armor, you'd better do it in style. Here are some of the most amazing (and bizarre) helmets you've ever seen, from the age of knights and swords.

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Toothface helm by an unknown Italian artist from the 17th century

Pictured above.

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Frog-mouth helm (or Stechhelm)

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It was used by mounted knights between the 14th and 17th centuries.

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Bascinet from the 14th and 15th century

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By Master A, Milan, c. 1400

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Sallet in the Shape of a Lion's Head, c. 1475-1480

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The earliest surviving example of a Renaissance armor all'antica. The outer shell of the steel helmet was made of embossed and gilt copper.

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An oil-painted sallet from Germany, c. 1500

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Worn by lower class men-at-arms.

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Bird Man Helmet from the early 16th century

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The Horned Helmet, Innsbruck, Austria, 1511-1514

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Part of a suit of armor presented by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I to Henry VIII, made by Konrad Seusenhofer.

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Closed helmet with mask visor, by Kolman Helmschmid in Augsburg, Germany, c. 1515

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Grotesque human mask-like visors were really popular in Germany and Austria in the early 16th century.

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Grotesque ones from the early 16th century

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The Maximilian armour

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These early 16th century German plate armours were first made for the Emperor Maximilian I.

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Burgonet of Guidobaldo II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino, Milan, c. 1532-35

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The ceremonial and parade helmets of Charles V

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Desiderius Helmschmid, c. 1540

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Desiderius Helmschmid, c. 1540

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Filippo Negroli, 1533

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Kolman Helmschmid, c. 1530

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Filippo and Francesco Negroli, 1545

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Filippo and Francesco Negroli, 1545

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Burgonet with Falling Buffe and scenes of battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs, c. 1555

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Probably made for Henry II of France, but passed as a gift to the Medicis.

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Burgonet, created in a Venetian workshop in the late 1550s

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Helmet in the form of a sea conch shell, 1618, Japan

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A German or Italian Savoyard Helmet, c. 1620-1630

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Don't want to meet him

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A French face-protecting expermiental helmet from the WWI, invented by Dr. Pollack, a medical officer

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Based on the M15 Adrian helmet, used by the French Army during the war. You can see more experimental helmets and body armors here.

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Bonus: A sniper from the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the WWI

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The real Transformers.

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Bonus: Brewster Body Shield

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This chrome nickel steel armor was developed for the US Army in WWI by Dr. Guy Otis Brewster. It could withstand Lewis Gun bullets at 2,700 ft/s (820 m/s), but it was really heavy (40 lb or 18 kg).

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Bonus: A rattan armor from Sumbawa, Indonesia

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DISCUSSION

rudi_freude
rudi_freude

Exquisite! What wonderful craftsmanship and attention to detail. How odd to look at this curious intersection of art and warfare.

Also, I see that the Maximilian armour may have been one of the late Eiko Ishioka's inspirations for the Dracula blood armour: