Object Title

Mail shirt

Mail shirt



Object Number



Possibly Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Sleevless with standing collar open at the front. Extending to the upper thigh. Collar fitted with original iron buckle on the left rivet for a strap at the right and a hook for the strap at the right of the neck opening. At the right arm-pit is a lozenge-shaped gusset of mail, the base of the original sleeve; this is lacking at the left arm-pit. The mail is all riveted, the collar of smaller links than those of the body. Main body links are flattened with wire drawing striations a widened crested overlap, closed with a riveted wedge with a pronounced field head. The collar links are of the same character but smaller. At the left arm-pit is an amulet formed of three small riveted latten links and one large latten link. The larger link is of the same character as the body mail closed with a riveted iron wedge. The smaller links of round section closed with circular iron rivets.


Height: 630 mm; Width: 460 mm; Link Diameter Body Outside: 11.6mm Link Diameter Body Inside: 8.3mm Collar Links Outside: 10.7mm Collar Links Inside: 7.2mm Weight: 7.0kg (15 lb 7 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Europe


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