Plate Armouring Journal
November 1999 - May 2000
~Early Great Helm, aka Pot Helm~
16th of November, 1999
I started on this a while ago, back around the start of November.
6pm to 11pm
of the mostly completed top of the helm and the face plate after some
After another night of work
of parts of the helm held together by a couple nuts and bolts and some
vice grips. Someone told me I have that "deer caught in the headlights
...and another night (1st of December, 1999)
of the helm witht the perferated plate brazed in. Master Gregory did the brazing. The breaths are not done yet and it still needs some cleaning up but it is now usable and works great. This picture was taken just a little while after I used it for the first time.
The leather cheek plates offer a little bit of extra padding for my ears and jaw but their main purpose is to better secure the helm to the sides of my head when the chin strap (which is on the outside of the leather plates) is tightened.
of the inside of the helm with some padding. I also wear a padded coif and a maille coif (with a ventail!) under the pot helm.
28th of May
...After many hours of filing...
The pot helm is done now. I don't remember exactly when I finished it
cause it was a few more months than a couple months ago. Its about
the same as in one of the pictures above except all the breaths are
done, filed out to rectangles, and the cross on the front has sort of
a decorative foot at the bottom of the face plate. More pictures of
this helm, and the armor that I use it with, can be found in my
Full suit of Maille page.
Pictures of and a rough pattern for the
I am wearing under this helm.
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