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A Brief History of The Hard Hat

3/28/16 10:33 AM Posted by Phil Aldridge, eCommerce Manager

One of the oldest helmets ever discovered was found in Grave Circle B, just outside the Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae, and dates to around the 17th Century BCE. It’s known as a Boar’s Tusk Helmet and it was created using slivers of ivory attached to a leather cap and padded with felt. It would have provided less protection than a metal helmet, obviously, but it was better than nothing out on the battlefield. Scholars estimate that because it would have taken forty to fifty boars to produce just one helmet, perhaps it was more of a status symbol or means of identification than a serious piece of personal protective equipment.

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