Object Title

Mail and plate coat

Mail and plate coat


1600 - 1699

Object Number



Purchased from Robert Hales Antiques, 1999, no. H.51. Originally from the Bikaner armoury, Rajasthan.

Physical Description

Consisting of a long sleeved coat having two main plates in front, each of which was fitted with three fastenings of the flower and spear pattern. At each side of the main plates is a vertical plate shaped at the top for the arm. The right plate has its upper outside corner replaced by a large square patch, whilst the left plate has the upper fastening missing. The upper chest is of very heavy mail with medium mail used elsewhere. At the back of the neck is a rectangular patch of mail for the collar. Below the plates are long spreading skirts of medium mail. At the back are three columns of rectangular plates, the centre column having the plates creased for the spine.


Dimensions: The length of the coat including the collar is 1390 mm, the distance from cuff to cuff is 1900 mm, the waist measures 430 mm and the chest measures 500 mm. The extra long skirts are 810 mm from the base of the plates to the hem. Weight: The weight of the coat is 13.55 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

There is an inscription on the outside of the right front plate in Hindi, 'Sri Maharaj Shri Anup Singh ji, a 11 ja 144 sha. Adoni, ?12, and in Urdu 'Darvish sahib'.


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