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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Helmets

Bascinet helmet with camails

Description:

This is an early example of a medieval 'bascinet' or 'basin' helmet.  These would gradually evolve into helmets with visors to protect the face and eyes. The chainmail attached to the headpiece can also be called 'a camial' this would have been used to protect the neck and shoulders.

 

One description of William Wallace has him wearing what is described as a 'steel cap' which may have looked something like this. 

Materials/Media:
Steel
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000367
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council