Object Title

Mail and plate coat (zirh gomlek)

Mail and plate coat (zirh gomlek)



Object Number



From Hagia Irene, Istanbul, via Robert Cruzon, c. 1840

Physical Description

The coat consists of twenty one rows of small plates connected by riveted mail, and with a short mail skirt. The plates have a rectangular cutaway over three rows at the left arm, and are similarly cut low at the right, where the coat closed. The three rows at the centre front and rear are decorated with fine inscriptions in silver onlay.

The sleeves, collar and shoulders are missing.


Dimensions: height 64 cm (25 in), width (opened out ) 106 cm (42 in)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Turkey

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.554, p. 117.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.689, p. 46.

H. R. Robinson, Oriental Armour, London, 1967, pl. VII C.