A leather visor and aventail for a riding helmet

by Sir Rapheal the Rogue mka Robert Odekirk

This helmet was inspired by a gentleman who attended Gulf Wars in 2002. He had replaced the brim of his riding helmet with a  visor and added an aventail.  The effect was a rather cool, sallet-looking helmet.  I immediately went home, purchased a multi-impact sports helmet (used for snowboarding and other board sports) and made what has become, my wife and my signature helmets.  Sometimes called "Darth Vader" helmets, we prefer to think of them as faux-sallets.

    

Figure 1: The helmet with aventail and visor

   

Figure 2: Visor

The aventail and visor are two separate pieces of heavy sole leather (you can see the thickness in the visor's eyeslots). These are patterns taken off this helmet. Click on the link for a full-size pattern piece (8 1/2 x 11)  The aventail's top edge is the paper and the left side is a fold in the pattern. Copy the pattern onto stiff cardboard to check the fit on your helmet.  Make adjustments as needed.

Figure 3. Aventail pattern

The visor is also a half pattern with a fold.    The small circles are where the rivets go and the dotted lines are the edge of the helmet.  Note: If you are using this for mounted combat, be sure that the visor slits aren't too large and that the visor covers the face.

 

Figure 4. Visor pattern

The two pieces are riveted together at the temple. The rivet is loose enough that the visor can be lifted. (The little piece of velcro is because this helmet's visor was a tiny bit too loose and it slid down below the edge of the helmet after a year or two of use. The retrof-fitted velco keeps the visor from slipping.)

Then the two pieces were slid over the helmet. It was a very tight fit. The visor/aventail is only attached at the temple and at the back, we took advantage of the goggle holder and cut a slit in the aventail.

Figure 5: the Aventail attached with the goggle holder

A crest can be attached with velcro on the top of the helmet.

2004 copyright - Robert Odekirk