Military-style helmets have been worn, on and off, throughout history. Helmets have varied in design based on available resources, types of battles fought, personal wealth, social status, and military rank. Helmets can be traced back to the Mycenaean Greeks in 1600 BC.
By 500 BC, the Greeks and Romans wore helmets that were made of brass, bronze or iron, and they were well designed for combat, but not well suited for comfort. By 500 AD, the knights of the early Medieval Period wore heavy iron and steel helmets that rivaled the beauty and design of their ancestors’ metal helmets and were, no doubt, equally as uncomfortable! By the 15th century however, helmets became primarily ceremonial in appearance and use. Please click on the HOT SPOTS below for additional information.