Steel Cap

Approx. Period: 1650 AD
Length: 0.40m Width: 0.30m

As the use of firearms increased, body armour proved ineffective as a defence. Musket balls easily penetrated mail and plate armour. Heavy armour was also an impediment to the legendary highland charge. One item that was considered essential for the trooper was a steel cap or "steill bonnet".

The Steel Cap shown is constructed of shaped iron plates. The plates are assembled with rivets and a strengthening bead added to the upper seam. The helmet is fastened with a simple leather strap and a padded leather cap is used to make the wearer more comfortable.