10th Century Tjele Helmet

The Tjele eye piece was found in 1850 in Denmark along with a blacksmith's tool kit. At first it was misidentified as a saddle mount until 1984 where Elizabeth Munksgaard speculated it was more likely to be a helmet fragment. There was no skull piece found with the fragment but Munksgaard believed the construction was likely to be similar to the Gjermundbu helmet.


I have constructed a skull piece that is similar but not identical to the Gjermundbu helmet and added the decorative eye piece, the shape of which I have inferred from the hole placements in the original fragment.  

My version is hand raised from 1.6mm steel. The eye piece is decorated with hand embossed copper alloy plates. The helmet is fitted with a leather strap and brass buckle.


All of my helmets are custom fitted so when ordering a helmet I would need to get some measurements off you in any padding you might plan to wear underneath the helmet. Once I have received an order I will contact you to get the necessary measurements:


Head Circumferance

Width of head (ear to ear) using calipers

Length of head (front to back) using calipers


If you don't have an arming cap already I can provide padded caps for an additional £25. I do not make the caps myself but a fellow craftsperson makes them by hand.


You can also add a maille aventail for an additional £100. The aventail is made from 9mm diameter alternating flat and round rings.

10th Century Tjele Helmet