Custom Dragon Helm - Collection of David Mercier
The symbol of the Dragon occurs all around the world. It is to be found in old Europe, among the Celts, in China, and among the Aztecs of the New World as Quetzacoatal, the "Winged Serpent". In China, the Dragon symbolizes both the spirit world, and the union of Heaven and Earth. They believed that as it soared through the Heavens (or the Otherworld) a dragon's energy entered the Earth, tracing "Dragon Lines", a map of energy within the Earth itself.
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In the west the Dragon has become a symbol of power, and is often identified with warriors. The names of both King Arthur and Dracula derive from the Power of the Dragon - Arthur's surname was "Pendragon", or "Ben Dragon", meaning "Head of the Dragon", and "Dracul-a" means "Son of the Dragon" in Wallachian.
Custom Dragon Helmets:
Since the helmets must enclose the entire head, Dragon Helms are exclusively a custom-made item. Although they have an adjustable headband inside, the middle setting on the headband will be measured to fit your head circumference exactly. For further information, please see our page on Ordering Helmets
Basic color schemes are three colors - two base colors plus metallic trim. I usually paint the wings and lower part of the back in a contrasting color, generally in a marbled pattern. I've done green & purple, turqoise & purple, green & red, black & red, black & silver, blue and gold. Most of them have metallic trim and/or accents in gold, silver, copper or pewter. I can do really any color scheme you want, I'll even match to costume colors if you send me swatches, no extra charge unless it runs to more than three colors. Dragon Masks and Dancing Dragons are also available in custom color schemes (up to three colors) at no extra charge.
Most of the helmets come with two or three spines on the crest, and simple tooling on the face and over the top of the head in the form of a scale pattern, loosely based on the scale pattern of a snake's head. I can add extra spines to the crest, spiney "eyebrows", appliqued scaled borders around crest and eyes, neck scales on the lower front panels, border (scaled or solid) around the base edge. Besides looking nice, the appliques (particularly the edge border) add to the strength and stiffness of the helm.
If you want to get really crazy with it, your Dragon Helm can have horns, too. They can be small artificial horns (3-5 inches or so, see the Green Dragon at the top of the page), or larger, real horns; goat or ram horns, or deer antlers. Large horns or antlers are much more difficult (takes a special mounting), and the price depends partly on type of horn (or number of antler points), availability and my cost.
Chin straps are available with ties, velcro, or buckle closures. (I strongly recommend chinstrap if you're adding horns or antlers, they can make the thing a little top-heavy).
For prices on these customization options, see the Helm Ordering page.