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Grzegorz Kulig
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PostPosted: Thu 27 Nov, 2008 5:06 pm    Post subject: new so called "dark age" helmets and one late Roma         Reply with quote

Here are some new "early" helmets made by me.

Norman type helmet raised in one piece of steel.
Hand and hot forged in charcoal fire.
I started to forge with 3mm medium carbon steel.
Ready helmet has about 2,5mm at the top of the helmet and about 1,5 till 2mm at the edge in different points.
Thickness of nasal - about 2mm. This is helmet raised in one piece of steel, so no welding is inside the bowl.
However, the nasal has been welded to the bowl. This was meant to be another, very decorated helmet, without nasal. But I didn't manage to finish it before our trip to Sweden and Denmark, so I decided to weld the nasal to the dome and make of it a simple "Norman" helmet.
More photos of it, together with some taken during raising process are available here: http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/one_piece_norman.htm




Gulbish/Gulbishe/Gulbiszcze helmet:
Hand forged, as always.
Medium-carbon steel 2mm.
4 plates/panels constructions, riveted.
Front plate of brass plate 1,5mm.
More photos here: http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/gulbishe_helmet.htm




Korolewino/Tagancza/Tahańcza helm:
Replica of helmet found in Korolewino, near Tagancha (Tachańcza), Russia. It is dated to 12th-13th cent. You can see it in Warsaw museum in Poland.
The helmet isn't strict reconstruction, as original helmet was richly decorated with silver and copper. This is simpler version, according to customer's request.

The helmet has been hand-forged, as usual.
Steel - 2mm medium-carbon steel.
Electrical welded, pitty.
Forehead plate has been made of 2mm brass plate. Edging of this plate is made of copper wire and it has silver rivets (like original helmet has).
More photos here + original: http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/tahancza_eng.htm




Replica of helmet from Gnezdovo burial mound, Russia - based on information from Russian author Kirpichnikow.
Helmet is dated for IX-Xth cent.
Hand-forged.
2mm medium-carbon steel.
Brass plate for decoration - 1,5mm.
And a plumer.
More photos here + original: http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/gnezdovo_eng.htm




Helmet based on find from Gorzuchy in Poland.
1) hand-forged, as always
2) 4 plates riveted together
3) spring steel hot-forged on charcoal; front and back plates 1,5mm and side plates - 2mm steel; top of the helmet -
4) decoration of brass and copper
5) at the top and sides of the helmet - engraved motives
6) finishing - graphite mat
The helmet isn't strict replica. Original helmet has gilded copper plates riveted on iron bowl. But that was customer's wish.
More photos here + original: http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/gorzuchy_eng.htm




Valsgarde 6 helmet for Dave Huggins.

1) hand-forged as usual
2) steel construction forged of 1,5mm steel stripes
3) decoration of brass and silver
4) press-blech panels pressed in silver plate (930 essay)
5) motives on those panels like on original helmet
6) lovely riveted aventail with fringe of brass rings made by Jerzy Sabat from Sanok in Poland.
More photos here + original : http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/valsgarde6_eng.htm




Vendel 1 - second version
Hand-forged, standard steel - 2mm, medium-carbon.
Decorative panels pressed in 0,25mm silver plate (assay 930).
Crest and eye-brows has been casted of brass by our caster.
Strips and edging made of brass.
Motives on decorated plates are exactly like on original helmet.
The helmet certainly had more than only one row of press-blech plates. However, I are not sure if it had whole bowl covered with the plates (and maybe we will never be sure about this).



More photos here + original : http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/vendel1_second_version_eng.htm


Berkasovo helm
1) hand-forged of 1,5mm medium-carbon steel, nasal made of 2mm;
2) steel helmet covered with 0,3mm brass plate;
3) ridge - brass plate - 1,5mm;
4) hand-made steel round rivets, diameter of rivet - about 8mm,
5) decorative motives made with stamps by hands
6) small plates between cheeks and bowl - with hand-made inscr´ptions (VICIT and INIANA )
7) neck guard (steel - 1,5mm + brass - 0,3mm) attached with two buckles and 2 leather straps
8) inside : hand-sewn quilted coif of linen and fleece
9) buckles for chin straps and leather on inner side of cheeks.
More photos here + original: http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/berkasovo_2_eng.htm



You are welcome to comment. Happy
Thanks, Greg aka Thorkil.

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JE Sarge
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PostPosted: Thu 27 Nov, 2008 5:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice looking helmets! I am adding one to my Christmas list now!
J.E. Sarge
Crusader Monk Sword Scabbards and Customizations
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Grzegorz Kulig
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Nov, 2008 4:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

JE Sarge wrote:
Very nice looking helmets!


Thank you. Happy

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I am adding one to my Christmas list now!


Well, one of them is acctualny for sale and ready to send. Wink http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/for_sale_eng.htm
For the rest of them you would need to wait about 1 and a half of year, because this is my waiting list at the moment. Happy

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PostPosted: Wed 03 Dec, 2008 2:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Those are very nice, I love how much detail and work goes in to each piece. Keep up the good work.
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Absolutely beautiful, as always! BTW, I like the updates to your website. The pictures of your travels are like taking us along with you.
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Grzegorz Kulig
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 5:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Richard Taber, R D Moore - thank you. Happy

R D Moore wrote:
The pictures of your travels are like taking us along with you.


Nice to read it. Happy We plan to show photos from every reenactment trip. We also have many photos from museums, but some of museums don't allow to show photos of their exhibitions, so we decided not to publish them.

Also, I would like to make more and more difficult experiments in historical techniques of producing arms and armour. Of course I will show the photos of such experiments on my web site. Unfortunately I have only 2 weeks each year for this kind of "experimental archaeology".

R. D. Moore - as you like Vendel period helmets, you will probably be glad to see on my site many new replicas of them in 2009 and 2010. Some of these helmets have never been replicating before.

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