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French Cuirassier's Burgonet by royaloakarmoury French Cuirassier's Burgonet by royaloakarmoury
Burgonet, modelled in most regards on a French cuirassier helmet c.1610 -1620 on display with parts of a three-quarter armour in the Higgins Armory Museum, Worchester, Mass.

The cheekplates of our burgonet meet at the chin, and lock with a hook and pin on the gorget plate, forming a bevor. An adjustable nasal bar slides through the peak at the brow. The skull, and all attached plates are re-enforced and decorated with a radiating repousee pattern, accentuated with rows of copper rivets, which contrast the blackened steel surface. The fluted decoration of the helmet’s skull terminates at the apex with a copper finial. The interior is entirely lined and remarkably comfortable.

Our version has been made entirely of 18 gauge steel. As in the original, the skull has been made from two halves, riveted together. All rivets except for those used to secure the nasal assembly are of copper, and there are over 300 of them. One special, pierced rivet and a copper plume holder can be used to hold and secure a large plume, not shown. The steel surface of the helmet has been blackened by heating, then quenching in oil.

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MagnusEdvarsson Oct 31, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I always wondered why is the nasal protection removable in these helmets...
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royaloakarmoury Nov 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It actually cannot be put on without moving the nasal to its highest position - I suspect that this may be the case with others as well. Many chichaks and other Eastern or Eastern-inspired helmets actually have a captive nasal, which can be moved up and down but cannot be removed because of obstructions on both ends which will not pass through the screw mechanism, but it is not the case with this helmet - it is removable.
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MagnusEdvarsson Nov 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
And what do you think is the function in those helmets?
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royaloakarmoury Nov 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
They probably have an adjustable nasal to make putting the helmet on easier, and make the nasal captive so that it will not get lost - not a bad idea, really. Imagine how few helmets would still have their nasals if they could fall off so easily. Still, it makes riveting on the screw assembly difficult, because there are so many separate parts being attached simultaneously.
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royaloakarmoury Oct 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. This one was for me, and I cannot wait to find time to make a harness to match.

I make armour full-time, and still have trouble finding enough hours in the day to do what I want. *sigh*
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Zerrnichter Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
love it - beautiful work.
I wish i had the tools and the time to do such stuff too. *sigh*
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Gadiena Oct 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful again. Did you polish the rivets before you placed them?
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royaloakarmoury Oct 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes. I was afraid of damaging the black finish by polishing them once they had been set. It turns out that the blackened surface is impervious, though; I have polished them again since.

Thanks. :-)
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Gadiena Oct 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, you woudn't say that it's impervious! how cool is that.. like a kind of tar treatment.
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royaloakarmoury Oct 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know that some kinds of tar treatments were used on 17th C armour, but I only wish I know how they worked. This finish is just an oxide formed by high heat and an oil dip - but it made a surprisingly hard shell on the surface, and is great against rust.
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