Object Title

Mail and plate coat

Mail and plate coat



Object Number



Acquired from the Great Exhibition, 1851. Lent to the British Museum in 1914, returned 1954.

Physical Description

The coat is entirely of brass with silver enrichments. The plates over-lap downwards in vertical panels connected by narrow strips of butted mail. From breast level to waist the plates are solid. The coat opens at the front with a deep band of mail encircling the waist, to which is connected a skirt of short mail-connected vertical plates. The plates of the breast area have applied silver flowers and scrolls and there is a double hook and stud fastening in the same metal (1 hook missing).


Dimensions: The height of the armour is 560 mm, the width under the arms is 420 mm. Weight: The weight of the armour including the stand is 7.5 kg.

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Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.273, p.105.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.413, p.2.