Norman Nasal Helmet

The nasal helmet was characterised by the possession of a nose-guard, or ‘nasal’, composed of a single strip of metal that extended down from the skull or browband over the nose to provide facial protection. The helmet appeared throughout Western Europe late in the 9th century, and became the predominant form of head protection, replacing previous types of helmet whose design was ultimately based on Late Roman types such as the ‘ridge helmet’ and early helmets of spangenhelm construction.

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