• Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Developed as early as the 6th Century (and based in part on Roman designs), the Spangenhelm continued onwards to the 13th Century. Coming from Germanic origins, it was composed of 3 to 6 steel or bronze component pieces. The pieces were formed into a conical shape. Some versions may have incorporated the “new” Nasal plate - as well as side facial plates (which were hinged in place). These side plates were initially speculated as being made of hard leather. Other variations may have also included a front metal “eye glasses” shaped metal extension (from the front), as a form of early eye and upper face protection. A weakness of the Spangenhelm was that it's multi-components could give way under a hard blow (sufficient to cause a split in it's joints).