I've been modelling bascinets. I'm looking at buying one later in the year, and I want to be able to show my armourer what I want. Before he makes it. So far I've been studying the various type of eye slits. This post is to show my progress so far.
I am not an expert. Take anything I say with a grain of salt.
Bascinets were worn in 14th and 15th century Europe. They were used for war and for tournament. I believe that:-
- Double eye slits were more common than single
- Visor with a pointed front, known now as a houndskull were for fighting on horseback. The sharp angle helping to deflect an enemies lance.
- Flat fronted visors were preferred on foot because they allow better vision
- Side hinges were more popular in France and England
- Front hinges (klappvisors) were more common in the Holy Roman Empire
- That visors were worn down when closing with the enemies to protect against arrows.
- That visors may have been removed for foot combat in war
- That visors were removed by some for foot combat at tournaments
Spotlight: The 14th Century Bascinet