Sitten Bascinet Helmet
German klappvisor bascinet, 14th c.
Sitten Bascinet Helmet
A classic XIV Bascinet made from stainless steel.
This trusty helmet is one of our classic designs and is heavily inspired by historical sources. Basic, reliable and distinct to its period, this bascinet is one of the quintessential pieces of design from the medieval period. Used by men at arms, yeomen, and knights alike, it was an incredibly popular style and could be used with a variety of different face plates. Originally developed from a steel cap called a “cervelliere”, bascinets were at first worn open faced under larger helmets. Close fitting and light, it was soon discovered that the bascinet was an excellent combat helm. Bascinets with visors became widespread in the late XIV to early XV century, and quickly became known as the main helmet used by knights in the Hundred Year’s War all throughout the medieval era. Pointed at the top to deflect arrow and lances, Bascinets have been found both open face and with a number of different visors, but for this one we chose a klappvisor. This specific bascinet takes inspiration from a find in Sitten dated 1370.
Klappvisors were preferred for their ease of attachment: the hinge allows it to be raised up when one is not in combat, and secured with a leather strap at the back when it’s down. They also have a low profile and don’t stick out as much as the snout of the hounskull visor, for example. Klappvisors were typical to Germany and North Italy in 1340-1370, thus we call this a German bascinet. We’ve perfected the visor hinge mechanism to make it easy to move and swap out for another visor or an bargrill.
Made from 14ga stainless steel, this helmet can really take a beating. It’s a top quality helmet made from premium materials, and hand-crafted by our talented smiths. The straps are durable and made of robust leather, including a chin strap as well as a strap to keep the visor secured in combat. This helmet also includes an aventail to protect your neck. This helmet comes pre-padded with historically inspired padding, so it’s ready for combat! The stainless steel construction means that although this helmet requires some maintenance, it won’t be nearly as hard to take care of as mild steel. Wiping away moisture is all you should have to do to keep it beautifully shiny and lustrous.
This helmet looks excellent with a variety of different armor types, though we recommend keeping your style within the general medieval period (especially the XIV and XV centuries) for a cohesive aesthetic. We think it looks great with a brigandine. If you're looking for something a little bit flashier, we also have an identical bascinet available with etching.
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Chin strap with a drawstring and toggle
Chin straps with one buckle (left pictures) and two buckles (right pictures).
Safety disclaimer: Sword-fighting and fencing is a dangerous sport. Fencing, historical fencing, medieval reenactment and martial arts as well as other related types of activity, are inherently connected to a certain risk level of injuries or death. The Company declines all responsibility for any traumas or harm done to oneself or to the third person, along with any material or consequential damage, impaired during the products usage. We admonish that all acts with armour, weapons or their components have to be performed before designated person who is responsible for safety of the particular event and accredited to supervise armour and sport weapon conformance to the event’s standards.
- 14ga Stainless Steel;
- Solid rivets;
- Leather straps.
- Historical design;
- Easy to raise visor;
- Rust-resistant stainless steel;
- no padding by request;
- cell foam fabric padding.
This item is part of the “Paladin” collectionView collection
What is the recommended method for removing and cleaning the padding inside the helmet after use?
Hi Robert, it is not possible to remove the padding because it is riveted to the helmet. However, you can untie it inside and pull it outside out and clean it with some detergent for soft furniture, for example.
Fits my head absolutely perfect! This is actually my very first helmet. I've been making my first kit and I've been very nervous about anything fitting wrong, but lo and behold, Armstreet does not disappoint!
An amazing helmet, testing it was a blast and I can’t wait to use it once my set is complete
I own and have owned allot of helmets in the past, being in the s.c.a that is inevitable. However, This is by far THE BEST helmet I have ever had, the craftsmanship is outstanding. From the leather, to the blackening of the steel, to the polish all the way to the welding this thing leaves me speechless. I absolutely love it, I'm glad you made it, I'm glad I bought it. 10/10 will be back for more. Thank you, you are awesome.
Nice helmet but is way to tight I recommend to everyone getting an inch bigger than your head size. Not very rounded super tight on the sides but the back and front was loose.
We are very sorry and disappointed to hear about that, that`s a pity that you didn`t let us know about the problem once you`ve received the helmet. Thank you for letting us know anyway, we`ll consider your review in future production.
Does this fit with the other laser cut visors? I was just curious as it appears to have the same mechanism for taking off the face plate.
Hello, yes it can fit if is suitable for the helmet size, but there is no way to check it remotely, unfortunately.
Are the eye slots an inch or less in vertical measurement?
Hi Brandon, they can be made an inch or less upon request.
Can this be made with riveted mail instead of butted?
Hi Joshua, yes it costs $70 extra. Please simply leave this request in the comment to your order and we will contact you with the invoice for the riveted aventail then.
Can you make a full set of armor for sort fat man
Hello James, yes of course. We make custom size armor. However, just to be sure, you may contact our support team with your measurements (full height, chest and waist circumference) so we could confirm them with our production team.
can the houndskull basicnet visor be made to fit on this and ordered with it as an extra
Dear Matthew, unfortunately, the houndskull basicnet visor cannot be made to fit on the top hinge, sorry.
Can this be made in 16 gauge stainless steel? What is likely cost?
Hi Jeff! Yes, please simply select custom size option and select 16 ga stainless steel at the checkout.
Could this helmet be provided with the bar grill in addition to the klappvisor and riveted chain mail aventail? If so what would the additional cost be. Thanks.
Yes, Darryl, both bar grill in addition to the klappvisor and riveted chain mail aventail are possible. Please contact website support to calculate the cost.
Hi, I'm interested in the Medieval Helmet Klappvisor Bascinet of German origin, XIV do you have any images of the Additional interchangeable SCA bargrill visor? Cheers Duncan
Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures of a bargrill visor made specially for this helmet, but its bargrill looks like the one pictured here. It's all the same but with a center-mounted hinge instead of the side hinges.
Can you make this from 12 gauge mild steel with mild steel chanmail drape? If so how much would it cost?
Nope, we don't use steel thicker than 14 ga (2 mm).
If I were to get the Medieval bascinet klappvisor helmet, without the attached chainmail aventail, just the helmet and liner and chinstrap, would it cut down on the price any?
You'll save about $50 on the aventail, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the discount.
can i get it with an rivited or welded stainless steel avantail?
To date there is no such option, sorry.
I see this now come in stainless steel, which is what I want, but have you checked to see if this is SCA legal? Some of the gaps around the face might be a problem. Maybe adding some bars around the chin might help. If it is, I'd be interested in this with an interchangeable bargrill in stainless. Do you have the etched "paladin" klapvisor available in stainless? If so, what is the price for that? Thank you, you do beautiful work.
We make it SCA-legal by adding internal steel plates (under the aventail).
Etched Paladin klappvisor is available on the site.
Could you take out the chin strap and liner, and take off the aventail? What would this do to the price?
Doable, you'll save about $50 on the aventail.
does it come in stainless steel?
Yes, basically comes in 2 mm (14 ga) stainless steel with stainless aventail.