Additions to cavalry helmet 1630/40’ies
In the Summer of 2011 I made additions to an early helmet from the 17th century. One neck lamellar and two lamellas for the breast piece were missing from the original, and the customer wanted to have those made, as well as a couple of brass rivets. The helmet was linseed oil burned in order to regain its original look and fit in with the rest of the armour. New leather was riveted onto the collar for the correct functionality and appearance.
When the original had been checked, documented, measured and photographed, and similar helmets at for example the the armory in Graz and at the Swedish Army Museum, and in a private collection, had been examined, the design of the lamellas was decided in close cooperation with the customer, and with the aid of an antiques expert, since no lamella showing the form of the outer edge remained. The design of the rolled edge was based on rolled edges on the armour on which the helmet was to be used.
A cardboard template was first made which corresponded to the original. Then an iron plate was cut out using the template. The plate was then hot forged to a considerable degree, in order to achieve the correct feel and dynamic plate thickness. The parts were fitted in, the edge was rolled and the roped edge was chiselled. The decorative line was also chiselled. The parts were polished and filed, and then patinated so that they went well together with the four hundered years old original plate. All parts were then linseed oil burned using pigmented linseed oil. The rivets were made using a mandrel which formed hollow brass caps, which were then welded onto iron rivets. The washers used had been chiselled for the right appearance and the leather was chosen carefully to go well with the other parts. Finally everything was put together very carefully in order not to damage the original.