Aug 22, 2005

Cabacete (Helmet)

Cabacete (Helmet)

c. 1480s–90s


Overall: 27.3 x 26 x 36.5 cm (10 3/4 x 10 1/4 x 14 3/8 in.)

Weight: 1.74 kg (3.84 lbs.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2012.39

Did you know?

This helmet intentionally mimics in steel the shape of a brimmed hat and is unique to Spain.


This tall open-face cabacete, alternately known as a "kettle hat" or "war hat" and ancestor of the later morion popular during the 1500s, would have been worn by an infantry soldier, not a mounted knight. The helmet has a conical point and a broad swooping brim, and its user may have worn a bevor, or separate chin piece, to protect his lower face and throat. He may also have worn a brigandine, or canvas doublet lined with metal plates, to protect his torso. Infantry troops were generally armed with hafted weapons such as a bill or halberd.

See also
MED - Arms & Armor
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor

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