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The bascinet was a conical helmet which evolved from the cerveillière during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century. It was worn over a padded arming cap and maille coif.

Bascinets frequently had movable visors, such as the 'hounskull' bascinet. Especially with a visor, the bascinet offered enclosing protection similar to the great helm, without being quite so claustrophobic and restrictive. However, at the battle of Shrewsbury in 1403 the young Prince Henry (later Henry V) was wounded in the face by an arrow while his visor was up.

Bascinets, with or without visors, may be worn by knights in the very late thirteenth century and fourteenth century.