Contrary to a widespread delusion, Viking helmets did not have horns. The only helmet that may be unmistakeably attributed to the Viking armor was found in 1943 in a burial mound near Gjermundbu, Norway. The Gjermundbu helmet, which dates to ca. 970 AD, is now displayed in the Museum of National Antiquities (Oldsaksamlinga) in Oslo.
This Viking helmet was found in nine separate fragments that allow us to study its construction. The helmet consists of a framework in the form of a horizontal rim and two vertical metal strips, one of which goes from the back of the head to the forehead, and the other from ear to ear. Four plates are fastened to this framework with rivets, thus forming the helmet's skullpiece. The ocularia, which provided facial and nasal protection, are fastened to the horizontal rim as well. One may suggest that the back and sides of the neck were protected by a chain mail (called aventail or camail). The Viking helmet from Gjermundby also probably had a pike at the apex and a leather chin strap.
This Viking Gjermundbu replica helmet is made from 18ga carbon steel. Mail camail not included.
Size circumference: 620mm
Size height: 325mm
Size of ocularia: 240mm x 145mm
Spike: 4cm (1.5 inches)
Combat Rating: 6 out of 10 (Requires padding and chin strap)
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