Object Title

Mail and plate coat

Mail and plate coat

Object Number



Purchased from Robert Hales Antiques, 1999, no.38. Originally from the Bikaner armoury, Rajasthan.

Physical Description

Comprising a knee-length coat of fine theta mail with four large plates in front. Each front plate has riveted to it two elaborate pierced fastenings with hinged rings for a cord. On either side of the main plates are narrow subsidary plates in two pieces whilst at the back are five columns of smaller plates, each with a scalloped lower edge. There is a patch of slightly larger mail above the right shoulder blade, although of the same construction, whilst at the waist is a band of mail on each side where the rows run at right angles to the rest. The mail bordering the plates is of conventional construction.


Dimensions: The length of the coat is 695 mm, it has a waist of 500 mm, a chest of 535 mm and measures 1520 mm from cuff to cuff. The theta lings measure 4.8 mm diameter and are 0.9 mm thick, the riveted links measure 3.8 mm diameter and are 0.47 mm thick. Weight: The coat weighs 6 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Places India


The theta links when examined by a microscope are clearly punched and are in effect a slightly dished disc with two addorsed D shapes punched out of them. The outer edges are square and more or less sharp but with no evidence of ragging. The connecting links are of very fine wire but still riveted. _