It came into popularity towards the end of the 16th century. Commonplace throughout Europe the Burgonet was accompanied by plate armour and worn by cuirassiers. It was a light helmet, open-faced and decorated with one or more metal fins on top. Though typically open faced, a falling buffe, a sort of visor that was drawn up rather than down, could be used.
The factors of utility of the Burgonet over older helmets include:
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Feb 01, 2012; [FIGURE 1 OMITTED] [FIGURE 2 OMITTED] London's Marriott Hotel, nestled off Grosvenor Square, provides the backdrop for the annual...