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Kettle hats

A kettle hat is a type of helmet made of steel in the shape of a hat. There are many design variations. The only common element is a wide brim that afforded extra protection to the wearer.

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Kettle hats

Kettle hats

The kettle hat was common all over Medieval Europe.[citation needed] It was called Eisenhut in German and chapel de fer in French (both names mean "iron hat" in English). It was worn by troops of all types, but most commonly by infantry. The wide brim gave good protection against blows from above, such as from cavalry sabres, and were very useful in siege warfare as the wide brim would protect the wearer from projectiles shot or dropped from above. They were first produced (as reported in Documentaria Anglo, 1478) in England around 1011, 55 years before the famous Battle of Hastings. These hats, although cheap, were not admired at first because they were considered only suitable for infantry and did not have the high status of a knightly helm. However, those who did use it, proved that it was something worthwhile. In many films, English men-at-arms and foot soldiers are often seen wearing these helms.

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