Steel Jingasa – Former Film Prop – Sold As Seen.
The Ko-Gashira Jingasa (Lieutenant’s Battle Hat) were round battle hats worn at the end of the Sengoku Jidai to mid Edo Era by mid-level ranked samurai. Traditionally a defensive helmet, they were allegedly first crafted from wood, leather, nerigawa, then iron and later steel, progressively getting better as the Ashigaru grew in popularity on the battlefield and more embellished into the Edo Era. Almost always conical in shape, the Jingasa would deflect the blows of weapons out and away from the ashigaru wearing it.
The Jingasa were traditionally lacquered in black and would typically bear the mon of their clans (mark or crest) or that of their unit, so soldiers could be easily identified from a distance. These mon were often painted in gold color. The inside of the Jingasa was typically lined with hemp cloth. They also featured four metal rings riveted inside, and a cord would be tied into these rings and loop down just below the ears, and a second cord would then be passed through the loops and tie below chin securing the jingasa to the head.