Sugar Loaf Helmets

In the evolution of the helmet some features are adopted only for relatively short periods of time. The conical shaped helmets of the Normans had by the late 12th century evolved into the Great crusader helms which were essentially just flat topped cylinders protecting the head well. By the early 14th century the previous conical shape came back with a vengeance, and the great helm returned to the more conical shape. Although the flat top was easy to manufacture, the conical shape helped missiles and blows to glance off the surface. This variation of the great helm became known as the sugarloaf, and it remained the preferred form of the great helm through the century and beyond. The name sugarloaf comes from the shape of the helm that is same as the shape of a sugarloaf that was the typical way to sell and store sugar back in the day.

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