Our Coppergate Helmet replica (also known as York Helmet) is made from riveted plates of 18 gauge steel. It has two cheek plates, a mail curtain, and a nose-guard. It is richly decorated with brass ornamentation and has an adjustable leather liner and chinstrap with antiqued buckle. A great helmet for wearing or a beautiful display piece. Weighs about 8.25lb. Inside circumference is approximately 25”. Helmet stand not included.
The original is Anglo-Saxon and dated to the 8th century. It was found in York, England in 1982 in a wood-lined pit. It is made of iron with beautiful brass decoration. The nosepiece is particularly beautiful and depicts entwined animals. The crest has an inscription in Latin which translates as, 'In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God; and to all we say amen Oshere'. Oshere was likely the owner of the helm. A truly incredible find, it is currently on display at the Yorkshire Museum.
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The Viking helmet I bought for a gift is really amazing. The photos don't do it justice . I really hate to give it away. The details and workmanship are exceptional. With the display stand, this is a remarkable historic collectable.
This is a wonderful reproduction. I was impressed with the quality especially for the price offered by Viking Shield. The only down side is the weight. I've worn steel and kevlar helmets for years in the infantry, and this is much heavier. But the beauty of this helmet is amazing. It's going to be a centerpiece of my militaria displays from now on. If you plan on getting this helmet and wearing it for re-enactments, just be aware that it is robust and heavy. With proper padding in addition to the leather lining it comes with, your head would be well protected.