Patrick Thaden Sallet and Bevor
Original: Circa 1460
The sallet and bevor combination was a common form of head protection for the 15th century armoured knight. The round surface of the sallet allowed weapons to more easily glance off, and often times these helmets had hinged visors that could be lifted for both visibility and ventilation. The bevor protected the lower face, neck and collarbones. This defense rested against the upper chest to spread the impact of a blow, and helped protect against a thrust from below. The bevor, like the sallet, also often had a hinge to allow it to be lowered when the warrior was not in direct combat but needed ventilation.
This sallet and bevor were made by armourer Patrick Thaden out of heat-treated 1050 steel. During the late 15th century it was not uncommon for armour to be heat-treated so that it could be made of a thinner metal without compromising strength. The hinged visor and bevor are both held in place by the use of spring pins, a historically accurate method of fastening them closed. The lines are very clean and the edges are subtly and effectively beveled.
Helm weight: 5.75 pounds
Bevor weight: 1.8 pounds
Maker: Thaden Armory
This item has been retired from the collection.