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Dean Castle Arms and Armour


Steel Skullcap


 First introduced during the late 12th century the Steel Skullcap was the primary head protection for fighter at that time. It was worn either alone or more often over or under chainmail.  Additionally, a great helm could be worn over and by the late 13th century this was the usual practice.


Over time, the Steel Skullcap experienced several evolutions. Many helmets became increasingly pointed and the back of the skull cap elongated to cover the neck, thus developing into the Bascinet. Steel Skullcaps were cheap and easy to produce and thus much used by non-professional soldiers who could not afford more advanced protection.

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