Kettle hat Helmet
A kettle hat is a type of helmet made of steel in the shape of a brimmed hat. There are many design variations. The only common element is a wide brim that afforded extra protection to the wearer. It gained its common English language name from its resemblance to a metal cooking pot (the original meaning of ‘kettle’)
The kettle hat was common all over Medieval Europe.it was called Eisenhut in German and chapel de fer in French (both names mean “iron hat” in English). It was worn by troops of all types, but most commonly by infantry. The wide brim gave good protection against blows from above, such as from cavalry swords, and were very useful in siege warfare as the wide brim would protect the wearer from projectiles shot or dropped from above. They were first produced (as reported in Documentaria Anglo, 1478) in England around 1011, 55 years before the famous Battle of Hastings. These hats, although cheap, were not admired because they were considered only suitable for infantry and did not have the high grace or extravagance of a knightly helm like the bascinet or great helm. However, those who did use it proved that it was something worthwhile. In many films, English men-at-arms and foot soldiers are often seen wearing these helms. An extra benefit was that the rim protected from direct sunlight, preventing getting dazzled.
This helmet includes chin strap.
- Circumference – 660 mm
- Brim 85mm wide,
- Edge to edge width 380 mm
- Height: 175 mm
- weight: approx 2.5 KG
- Used 18 gauge Iron steel sheet