A well made copy of a late 15th Century “frog mouthed” Jousting helm or Stechhelm
A well made copy of a late 15th Century “frog mouthed” Jousting helm or Stechhelm, constructed from 3 plates. Of “swung” form (with a pronounced forward curve). The front plate is reinforced internally along its upper edge, and retains the charnel (hinged hasp) which was to be screwed down onto the cuirass. The top plate is formed with a medial ridge and is pierced to retain the lining. The rearplate is fluted, pierced and retains a hinged charnel for a securing strap. Pronounced rivet heads and 10 tall pierced copper eyelets.
Weight 21lbs (9.5kgs) Height 13½” (34.3cms)
The Stechhelm was intended fro tournament use (jousting), the principle advantage of the “frog mouth” design was that the wearer could sit up just prior to the impact, thereby fully protecting his eyes as the vision slit would no longer be exposed. Provenance: Johannes Count Moy de Sons. Schloss Anif, near Saltzburg, Austria.