The Knights Before Christmas
Looking for a unique decoration for your tree this year? Introducing our new Knight’s Helmet Baubles featuring a wide range of original Medieval Helmets from a Sallet, Great Helm, Pig Face, and many more. Each bauble is individually moulded from Polyurethane and finished by hand with incredible detail. Let these decorations hang with valiance in your home this Christmas!
These decorations will be available to purchase from our website soon, just in time for the tree to come out of the loft…
Great Helm Bauble
The Great Helm is one of the most iconic helmets associated with Medieval Knights. It arose in the late 12th century in the context of the Crusaders and remained in use until the 14th century. They were used by Knights and heavy infantry in most European armies between 1220 to 1540 AD.
The Pigface Bascinet helmet or Hounskull (from the German “Hound’s Hood”) was a popular helmet from the 14th Century as was worn by both English and French knights at famous battles such as Crecy (1346) and Poitiers (1356).
The Barbute (Barbuta in Italian) was developed throughout the 15th century and offered an alternative to the more restrictive sallet. They were popular in Italy but less so throughout the rest of Europe.
The Sallet appeared during the middle of the 15th century and gradually replaced the bascinet throughout Europe. It was popular in England, France, and Italy and was almost universally worn in Germany. In essence, the earliest sallets were a variant of the bascinet, intended to be worn without an aventail or visor.
Short-Tailed Sallet Bauble
Short-Tailed Sallets were associated with English and French Knights. By the mid 15th century, a variety of sallet had evolved in England termed the ‘English-Burgundian style’. It was more curvaceous and possessed a less extreme projection to the rear. The construction features a moveable visor (introduced late in the period to improve visibility).
Long-Tailed Sallet Bauble
In the period 1450–1460, a distinctively German style of sallet appeared. It was round-skulled but was less curvaceous than the Italian sallet; its most obvious feature was that the rear of the helmet was drawn out into a long tail, sometimes consisting of a number of lames.