Weight: 1.5-2 kg


The bascinet was a very new form of head protection in 1314. Unlike the helm, the bascinet was made out of a single piece of iron or steel, beaten into shape by skilled helmet-makers.

Using just one piece of metal to make an object like this was difficult, but with new technology, more and more of these were being seen on the battlefield.

Like all medieval helmets, bascinets were fitted with padded linings to cushion the skull against the shock of enemy blows.

How was it used?

At first the bascinet was worn over the arming cap and mail coif, but soon some mail, known as an aventail, began to be attached directly to the lower edge of the bascinet.

Bascinets were worn both as open-faced helmets and with moveable visors to protect the face. With a visor, they could offer protection to the face, like the great helm.

One source claims that King Robert was wearing a bascinet - 'bassynet' - during his confrontation with Sir Henry de Bohun.