The Heraldic Helmet - Helm
The helmet or helm is situated above the shield and bears the torse and crest.
One of the fundamental rules / laws of heraldry is that the style of helmet displayed
varies according to rank and social status.
AS DESCRIPT in
"A Complete Guide to Heraldry"
Since one's earliest lessons in the rules of heraldry, we have been taught, as one of
the fundamental laws of the achievement, that the helmet by its shape and position is
indicative of rank; and we early learnt by rote that the esquire's helmet was of steel,
and was placed in profile, with the visor closed: the helmet of the knight and baronet was
to be open and affronté; that the helmet of the peer must be of silver, guarded by grilles
and placed in profile; and that the royal helmet was of gold, with grilles, and affronté.
For me as an heraldry artist it is wonderful to see the diversity of helmets, every
Coat of Arms has their own individual helmet. There are quite a number of different styles
of helmets, from stylized, old style, simple to very elaborated representation -
as individual as your Coat of Arms !
I have collected a few examples showing the variety of those heraldic helmets, and I will
continue to add new examples which I think will be very interesting to be displayed.
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