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Theodore Mallison




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PostPosted: Sat 10 Jan, 2015 11:48 am    Post subject: Reasonably-accurate norman cone helm in $200-$300 range?         Reply with quote

Hi all,

I'm not new to the forum in terms of reading, but I don't believe I've ever posted. I'm looking for a decent Norman conical helm with a nasal, ideally in the $200-$300 range. I want something that has all the accoutrement, liner, padding, chinstrap, and that is made reasonably well and with reasonable attention to historicity.

I'm new to arms and armor buying, and I have noticed a rather incredible range of price points, from $75 to $1200 for this particular style of helm. I'd be willing to spend up to $400, but anything higher would be unfeasible. I'm looking right now at two offerings from Darksword Armory, but I notice that they have a controversial reputation on this forum.

What are my best bets? I really appreciate any info you guys have.

Ted
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Harry Marinakis




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PostPosted: Sat 10 Jan, 2015 4:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Check here, I think a lot are from GDFB
http://www.celticwebmerchant.com/en/helmets/nasal-helmets/

If you've done your research on what Norman helms look like, you'll see that the stuff from Get Dressed for Battle is what you are looking for, not bad helms for the price.
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Mike Ruhala




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PostPosted: Sat 10 Jan, 2015 4:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I had a GDFB Olmutz helm I got from KOA, it wasn't perfect but it was pretty good and could be made better. Matched well with my H/T Norman sword.
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James Moore





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PostPosted: Sat 10 Jan, 2015 7:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

if you're wanting a one-piece helm, well-made, the high end price is certainly reasonable.

if you'd be willing to look at a spangen type construction, which was also still used, then Jeff Hildebrand at Royal Oak Armoury does some really fantastic stuff around the upper end of your preferred budget.

http://www.royaloakarmoury.com/early-medieval/page/2/
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Harry Marinakis




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PostPosted: Sat 10 Jan, 2015 7:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

James Moore wrote:
...Jeff Hildebrand at Royal Oak Armoury...


I was going to buy one his helms, but the current queue is 12 months, which is why I went with an inexpensive GDFB helm that was in stock.

Jeff's conical helm looks stellar.
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Theodore Mallison




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PostPosted: Sat 10 Jan, 2015 10:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Harry Marinakis wrote:
Check here, I think a lot are from GDFB
http://www.celticwebmerchant.com/en/helmets/nasal-helmets/

If you've done your research on what Norman helms look like, you'll see that the stuff from Get Dressed for Battle is what you are looking for, not bad helms for the price.


I was looking at GDFB helmets on therionarms, and thinking the prices seemed pretty hard to beat, based on the photos. Thanks!
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Theodore Mallison




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PostPosted: Sat 10 Jan, 2015 10:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

James Moore wrote:
if you're wanting a one-piece helm, well-made, the high end price is certainly reasonable.

if you'd be willing to look at a spangen type construction, which was also still used, then Jeff Hildebrand at Royal Oak Armoury does some really fantastic stuff around the upper end of your preferred budget.

http://www.royaloakarmoury.com/early-medieval/page/2/


Thanks! I definitely had not seen this guy's work before. Honestly, yeah, if it wasn't for that yearlong wait, I'd be willing to spend the extra money for what he's making. Oh well! I'm impatient.
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