The Armet is a helmet which was developed in Europe in the 15th century and was most popular in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. It’s development paralleled the development and advancements of armor and was an essential piece of a suit of plate armor. The head was fully enclosed by the helmet which was formed fit to the contours of the head, neck and throat.
The term “Armet” during contemporary times was used to define any helmet which fully enclosed the head. Modern scholars however, have developed a new classification – the Close Helm or Closed Helmet. Both are very similar in appearance and period of use, but are distinguished based upon the method by which they could be opened to be worn. The Armet had hinged cheek plates which opened to allow the helmet to fit over the head; while the Close Helm had a moveable bevor (chin and neck guard) that was attached to the same pivot points as the visor and opened vertically to allow the helmet to fit over the head.
“The Armet” would be considered a Close Helm by todays classification.
The helmet is fashioned with a large, centered crest on top of the bowl that was effective at deflecting blows. The visor has two separate eye slits. The ventail has ventilation holes on both sides. The visor and ventail can be opened separately and share the same pivot points. The bevor can be secured in place with a locking hook.