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Horned Helmet

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

A popular "fad" among High Middle Ages Knights (especially in Germanic regions), was The Horned Helmet. First experimented with by The Military Order of Teutonic Knights, these helmet designs are often wrongly classified as "fantasy" helmets. There are several fine surviving examples of Horned Helmets in European museums. The maker, normally starting out with a typical Enclosed Helmet, would add large bone or wooden horns or winged metal flanges to the sides and tops. Often adorned with colored cloths and feathers, these helmets were an early form of "psychological warfare". Designed to instill fear into one's enemy, as is obvious - they fell out of use quickly due to their practical used on the battlefield.