13th Century Kettle Helmet


A simple form with many names: the kettle hat is also known as war hat, "chapel de fer" or iron hat. This simple type of helmet evolved during the High Middle Ages (probably in Byzantium) and is no more nor less than a hat made of metal with a broad brim. The kettle hat was popular with foot soldiers until well into the 16th century because it provided sufficient protection against sword cuts from mounted soldiers or while storming castle walls and it did not limit their vision or ability to breathe. The simple style of the kettle hat was so effective that it even made a comeback during World War I – as the Brodie helmet the British troops wore.


Our kettle hat is made of 16 gauge carbon steel and the reinforcing strips are riveted. A leather strap keeps the kettle hat on your head, and the adjustable leather lining ensures wearing comfort.


We also have a helmet stand for this item as pictured which is usually £19- but if purchased with the helmet is only £15-

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