The Barbuta is a design with a rich history. It was developed in Italy, originating from the Bascinet medieval armor, which itself had evolved from a steel skull cap worn under the great helm. During combat most soldiers removed the great helm as to not hinder their agility and visibility. These soldiers eventually discarding it completely for the simpler and more manageable Bascinet. The Barbuta developed from the Bascinet, with a design that hearkens back to the Corinthian helmets worn in the Greek empire. This is believed to have been caused by a renewed interest in classical history and literature.
Wallace PigFace Bascinet (#1748)
The Norman helmet (also known as the ‘nasal helmet’ or the ‘casque Normand’) was commonly used from the 6th to the 12th century. It is one of the most recognizable helmets of the medieval period.
Category: Medieval Armor