Object Title

Mail and plate coat (zereh bagtar)

Mail and plate coat (zereh bagtar)



Object Number



Presented by the East India Company, 1851. From Gwalior

Physical Description

The armour has four large plates at the front with a pair of small plates at either side, and five columns of small plates with scalloped subsidiary edges at the rear, also flanked by pairs of small plates. The collar is reinforced with a band of scalloped plates. The plates are joined by a coat of riveted mail it full length sleeves, which retains the red silk covered lining inside the collar and at either side of the front opening.


Inscriptions and Marks

An inscription in Hindi at the right front (see inv. file).

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.10, p. 93.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.204, p. 14.

H.R. Robinson, Oriental armour, London, 1967, pl. XIV A-B. pp. 94-5.

C. Bayly, The Raj, London, 1990, no. 12(i), pp. 44-5.

S. Z. Haider, Islamic arms and armour of Muslim India, Lahore, 1991, pl. 22.

D, Nicolle, Mughul India 1504-1761, Osprey Men-at-Arms 263, London, 1993, p. 46.

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 170-1

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 22