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Vendel Helm with Pressblech: Chainmail Aventail by royaloakarmoury Vendel Helm with Pressblech: Chainmail Aventail by royaloakarmoury
This is a helmet based on surviving Vendel and Valsgärde helmets of the 7th century. Such a helmet would have been part of a splendid panoply of richly decorated arms, armour and fittings worn and used by the highest members of a powerful warrior elite. The helmet is enriched with decorative and figurative pressblech scenes of a mythological nature and is topped by a stylized boar crest, which may have been a talismanic reference to the golden boar of the Germanic war god Freyr.

Our version is based primarily on the Vendel 12 and Valsgärde 8 finds, with overall form and nasal shape following the former and crest, brow and mail based on the latter. Pressblech decoration is closely replicated from existing matrixes, though the order of application is arbitrary.

Despite the delicacy of its decoration, this is a sturdily built helmet made with a skull of 16 gauge and nasal of 14 gauge steel. The abundance of reeded brass trim and brass encased edges adds extra weight and rigidity, as does the layer of tinned copper pressblech plates. The optional aventail is assembled from imported riveted/solid flat ring 8mm mail, and is attached as on the Valsgärde 8.

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:iconragnarok6664:
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent indeed :D
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:iconmeredyth:
Meredyth Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
Not an exact copy of an original, but close enough to those to be original in itself.
A masterpiece.
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taika-kim Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't even know what to say. NICE! I like the repousse work on this a lot, and the brass decorations too!
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WearableByDesign Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Very cool and amazing workmanship!
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cvcharger14 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Something tells me that I would hate to be wearing that if I had a beard.
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Iron-Confederate Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mind if I use the picture as a reference for my own armor building?
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:iconroyaloakarmoury:
royaloakarmoury Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not at all, though if you are serious about making armour I would recommend working from source references to avoid copying my mistakes. :-)
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:iconiron-confederate:
Iron-Confederate Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Also, I just needed an idea of to set up the chainmail portion of the helmet. ^_^
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Metal-Sculpture Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
impressive details and work
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BaBQ Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Impressive workmanship! :D
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