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Mail and plate helmet

Mail and plate helmet

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Purchased from Robert Hales Antiques, 1999.. Originally from the Bikaner armoury, Rajasthan.

Physical Description

The helmet is made up from a simple circular disc, slightly domed, to which is attached by a band of mail, 10 columns of small plates, the upper five plates in each column being of graded trapezoidal shape. Each column is joined to the next by a band of heavy riveted mail. At the base of the skull, which is rather tall for its diameter, are two rows of links to which are attached to shield shaped plates as ear flaps and a rectangular patch of mail as a neck guard. Holes in the ear pieces show that the helmet was originally sewn onto a fabric lining. The links of the neck guard are alternately plain and theta, the latter rather spidery and entirely of round section.


Dimensions: The height of the helmet is about 220 mm, the riveted links measure 8.42 mm in diameter and are 1.46 mm thick, The theta links are 9.6 mm in diameter and 1.61 mm thick Weight: The weight of the helmet is 1.2 kg.

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