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Christian G. Cameron




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PostPosted: Wed 08 Feb, 2012 6:07 am    Post subject: German 14th c. Bassinet repro from Manning Imperial         Reply with quote

I wanted a new helmet that was hardened, had full eye protection, and was still period-correct., for fighting on foot (and perhaps on horseback.) After some consultation (on this list and elsewhere) I settled on this helmet.



Craig Sitch at Manning Imperial made the shell and visor and cast the verveilles. I'm no armourer, but I enjoy a project--it helps me understand the period. I had to polish the shell (which came pretty rough) and rivet the cap (flush, which I'd never done before) as well as add the verveilles and make a liner and stitch it in. None of that was very complicated,. and I may embarrass myself by saying that elements challenged my skills, but in the end...

Polished:


Cap added with rivets flush and polished:


Liner sewn (all hand, linen and raw wool)


Verveilles in and visor riveted on (the last quite the complex operation--long dreaded--proved to be a snap. Sigh)


And finally, aventail added temporarily (for fit--still needs adjustment)


And yes, I will be correcting the top of the aventail...

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PostPosted: Wed 08 Feb, 2012 9:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nicely done, Christian! A very attractive hat.
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PostPosted: Wed 08 Feb, 2012 2:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is a very sexy helmet! I'm assuming this will be used for your kit in the Laurin Tournament I previously saw you post about? Can't wait to see the whole ensemble!
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Christian G. Cameron




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PostPosted: Thu 09 Feb, 2012 6:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Greg and Ian. Yes, Ian--gauntlets are under construction even now, and will replicate these in Florence:



Jiri Klepac is making them--Karl Robinson is doing the gloves.

And there's new leg harnesses... Happy

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