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Helm of Nikolskoe (Orel region. Russia). End of XII - XIII centuries




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Helm of Nikolskoe (Orel region. Russia). End of XII - XIII centuries

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  • Metal for helmet dome cold-rolled steel 1.5 mm (14 ga)
  • Fastenings leather straps with steel nickel-plated buckles
  • Color of leather fastening brown
  • Rivets steel nails
  • Fast Shipping  Absent
  • Aventail without aventail
  • Finish treatment satin polishing
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Custom made

This item is a custom-made, which means that our crafters use individual body measurements of a client for manufacture. Such type of manufacturing provides with a perfect fit of an item.

Sewn padded cap
Manufacturing time
Metal for helmet dome
Color of leather fastening
Fast Shipping
Finish treatment


In front of you is a magnificent stylization of the steppe nomads and princedoms of Rus helmet (type IV according to Kirpichnikov's classification). 

This model of helmet was named in honor of Nikolskoye village, where it was found in 1866 and is dated by the late XII-XIII centuries. Interesting that this type of helmet  firstly was thought to have disappeared in the XIII century as a result of the Tatar-Mongol invasion. However, judging by new data, it was in use until the XIV century. 

Helmet of Nikolskoe, The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

This is a special type of helmet in Eastern Europe and, in particular, in Rus from the midXII to XIV century. Such helmets were richly decorated with gold and silver, and some were made with ornaments and images of saints. According to Kirpichnikov, these battle headgears were accessories of nobles and princes whose social status was compared to that of European knights, such as tophelms in Europe, or helmets with a faceplate in Asia.

Original helmet has a flush riveted cupola of three parts with lengthwise flutes, which increases the helmet's hardness. Helmet's mask with eyeholes and hump-shaped nasal plate is riveted to the dome. Such a nasal guard type protects the nose and central part of the face. 

Just as the original helmet we made ours with small holes by the edges of the mask. So if you are going to use this early medieval head protection, we strictly recommend you supplement it with chainmail or leather aventail. You definitely need it to protect your lower part of the face, throat and neck. 

Such helmets were a head protection of noble men and feudal lords, decorated with silver, gold, ornaments and images of saints.

Main photo shows early medieval helmet with following options:

  • Cold-rolled steel 1.5 mm;
  • Satin polishing as finish treatment;
  • Brown leather belts;
  • Steel nickel-plated buckles;
  • Steel rivets;
  • No decoration;
  • Sewn liner

Base price includes following options:

  • Cold-rolled steel 1.5 mm;
  • Satin polishing;
  • Brown leather belts;
  • Steel nickel-plated buckles;
  • Steel rivets;
  • No decoration;
  • Sewn liner

Benefits, which you’ll get, if you buy medieval helmet at Steel Mastery:

  1. Custom-made high-quality metal body armor, handcrafted by your individual parameters;
  2. Reliability and comfortable wearing for years;
  3. Product made by experienced blacksmiths, who really know how to make a good armor;
  4. Convenient payment systems (Paypal, Skrill, Visa, MasterCard, American Express);
  5. Flexible return system in case if you don’t like an item.

You may also like these models of open helmets: helmet from Tagancha (Ukraine) of the XIII century; Nasal helm.

In section “Helmets”, you can see all models that we offer for ordering. If you didn’t find any for your taste and wish, please send us photo and description of the required model and we will make it for you.


If you don’t like the received product for any reason, you may send it back to us within 14 days. If the received item has defects or does not fit your parameters, we will make a new item and send it to you at our costs. If postal service lost your parcel, we make a search of it. If parcel could not be found, we make new item at our expenses.


We ship orders via National Postal Service, who carries order to your local post office. Upon shipping, we provide you with tracking number of parcel. If you need express delivery (DHL, TNT, etc.), please contact us.


Every product is handcrafted and requires time for manufacture. Approximate time:

  • Gambeson and padded armor – 8-9 weeks;
  • Costumes and other clothing – 4-6 weeks;
  • Brigandines – 3-4 months;
  • Leather accessories 2-4 weeks;
  • Metal armor – 2-5 months.

Please contact us if you would like to know more precise terms.

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It's really nice replica, workmanship is fantastic. Helm is light and fits my head perfectly. I added aventail so low-face is also protected now. Thanks a lot
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