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Jeffrey Hildebrandt
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PostPosted: Fri 30 Nov, 2012 1:26 pm    Post subject: Replica Vendel Helmet         Reply with quote

My latest project was a helmet modeled on the 7th C. finds at Vendel and Valsgärde. Such a helmet would have been part of the splendid panoply of richly decorated arms, armour and fittings worn and used by the highest members of a powerful warrior elite. The helmet is enriched with decorative and figurative pressblech scenes of a mythological nature and is topped by a stylized boar crest, which may have been a talismanic reference to the golden boar of the Germanic war god Freyr.

Our version is based primarily on the Vendel 12 and Valsgärde 8 finds, with overall form and nasal shape following the former and with the crest, brow and mail based on the latter. Pressblech decoration is closely replicated from existing matrixes, though the order of application is arbitrary.

Skull and nasal are of 14 gauge steel, pressblech is of tinned copper, trim is brass and mail is flat 8mm riveted/solid from India. The helmet is lined in deerskin, and the chinstrap is fixed with a tiny version of an extant Vendel buckle. Mail is attached using the same system as the Valsgärde 8 helmet. Pressblech is of tinned copper.

Pricing, details and additional photos can be found on the Etsy listing.

-Hildebrandt






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Kai Lawson




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PostPosted: Fri 30 Nov, 2012 6:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've never much cared for the look of these kinds of helmets, but something about yours seems different. I like it. Quite a bit. Maybe I'll have to go back and re-evaluate my preferences.
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Jack Savante




PostPosted: Fri 30 Nov, 2012 6:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What a masterpiece! You are truly a skillful artisan! I'd be proud to wear a helmet like that! I'm sure whoever it will belong to will cherish it dearly.
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Paul Mortimer




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PostPosted: Sat 01 Dec, 2012 12:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice job, Jeff. A lovely looking helmet.

Paul
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Robin Smith




PostPosted: Sat 01 Dec, 2012 6:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I love all your helmet work... This piece is absolutely amazing! I am seriously considering trying to squeeze a simple Norman helm from you into my budget somewhere.

Fantastic job!

A furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine
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Matt Corbin




PostPosted: Sat 01 Dec, 2012 2:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Impressive work Jeff Eek! Your stuff seems to just keep getting better and better. Well done.
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Patrick Kelly




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PostPosted: Sat 01 Dec, 2012 8:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I absolutely love the helmets of this period. Yours is an outstanding interpretation, thanks for sharing it.
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Jeffrey Hildebrandt
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PostPosted: Sun 02 Dec, 2012 8:01 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you all for the positive feedback. It was a pleasure to make, and I am glad I could share it.

The originals come from a fascinating period and attest to the complex trade networks of the time (I had difficulty acquiring all the requisite materials, even with the internet at my disposal), the skill of their makers, and the wealth and taste of the patrons who commissioned them. In my enthusiasm for the period, I am anxious to replicate a Merovingian spangenhelm and can offer a significant discount to anyone who would humour my whim by ordering one.

-Hildebrandt

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Mark Routledge
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PostPosted: Sun 02 Dec, 2012 12:33 pm    Post subject: Spangenhelm         Reply with quote

Sent you an email re: spangenhelm. Happy
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Matt Corbin




PostPosted: Sat 08 Dec, 2012 1:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Spangenhelm         Reply with quote

Mark Routledge wrote:
Sent you an email re: spangenhelm. Happy

REALLY looking forward to seeing how this turns out Cool

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A. Heidalen Skog




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PostPosted: Sat 15 Dec, 2012 11:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, I absolutely love those helmets. Truly awesome work.
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James W Rogers




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PostPosted: Sun 16 Dec, 2012 7:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

superb craftmanship! i've just updated my christmas wish list, i think santas gonna have to use the front door this year! Big Grin
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