There have been many questions on this site about helmets with antlers, but I am going out and asking about antlers with helmets. Specifically, I am asking in the context of creatures that are basically human for the sake of the question, so think a human with deer antlers. That's it. Also, I do not want them to be forced to cut their antlers off or augment them in any similar manner, and I feel like stating that they just don't wear helmets or wait until their antlers shed is dodging the question. Now, let me go over the glaring issues that popped up when I first thought of this.
First off, antlers aren't made to have something pulled over them, it isn't hard to find videos of deer getting tree branches stuck on their antlers. I doubt these antlered humans could get shirts over their heads, much less a helmet.
Secondly, one could theoretically get rid of the top of the helmet and squeeze it over, but these are generally broad antlers, so it doesn't work except for individuals lacking antlers entirely, and for most individuals it would work better as a neckband than anything else at that rate.
And thirdly, any standard helmet I could think of could theoretically be placed on with some intense agony or perhaps a little flavor of magic, but good luck getting it off again.
Here's the criteria for the question.
- Must not augment or remove the antlers to work, which includes the ability to remove the helmet without harming the antlers on regular use
- Must be somewhat obtainable with medieval to early-industrial technology, so no plastics
- The helmet must provide genuine protection and be identifiable as a helmet to the point of not being mistaken as a headband
Also, the antlers do not have to be protected, just the head and face like a normal helmet, ideally without a gaping hole in the top if at all possible. In conclusion, what helmet design would be applicable to antlered humans?