ARMET (diminutive of Fr. arme), a form of helmet, which was
developed out of existing forms in the latter part of the 15th
century. It was round in shape, and often had a narrow ridge or
comb along the top. It had a pivoted or hinged vizor and nosepiece,
and complete chin, neck and cheek protection, closely connected
with the gorget. It is distinguished from the basinet by its
roundness, and by the fact that it protects the neck and chin by
strong plates, instead of a “camail” or loose collar of mail;
from the salade and heaume by its closefit and skull-cap shape;
and from the various forms of vizored burgonets by the absence
of the projecting brim. It remained in use until the final
abandonment of the complete closed head-piece.
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