The Wenceslas Helmet from the 10th century was considered to have belonged to St Wenceslas, and as such it ranked among the most important Přemyslid and Bohemian relics. It has a thickness of 18 gauge, features adjustable internal webbing and would make for a great costume peice.
The original was probably worn over a maille coif, as shown on the Bayeux Tapestry, providing protection to the back of the head and neck. Wenceslaus I (ca. 907-935) was the duke of Bohemia from 921 until his assassination in 935, possibly by his own brother, Boleslav the Cruel. Wenceslaus’s martyrdom gave rise to a cult due to his heroic goodness during his reign. He was elevated to Sainthood by the Catholic Church and is the patron saint of the Czech saint. The Christmas song, “Good King Wenceslas” was written about him in 1853.
Brow Circumference: 640mm
Skull Depth: 190mm
Side to Side Diameter: 185mm
Front to Back Diameter: 222mm
Nose Guard Dimensions: 91mm x 29mm (at the Brow) x 40mm (at the nose tip)