Object Title

Mail and plate coat (zirih baktar)

Mail and plate coat (zirih baktar)

Object Number



Purchased from Robert Hales Antiques, 1999, no. 62. Originally from the Bikaner armoury, Rajasthan.

Physical Description

Consist of a long sleeved coat opening down the front with four large plates in front. The fastenings attached to the plates are on the form of three dimensional fish. Under the arms are long narrow plates in two sections shaped at the top to the arm. All of the major plates are edged by brass borders of a lobed outline with points between the lobes. At the back, are three vertical columns of plates, the upper most one in each column having a brass trim. Inside the right front plates is an inscription. Good quality medium sized mail with alternate rows riveted and punched throughout. At the bottom edge of the skirt, which is split at the back, is a band of finer linked mail


Dimensions: The length of the coat is 769 mm, it is 510 mm across the chest and 460 mm at the waist. It measures 1572mm from cuff to cuff with the sleeves outstretched. The punched links on the chest are 11.5 mm diameter and they are 1.7 mm thick, the riveted links are 10.5 mm diameter and 1.5 mm thick. In the skirt the punched links are 10 mm diameter and 1.4 mm thick, the riveted links being 7 mm diameter and 1.4 mm thick. Weight: The coat weighs 7.5 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Places India


The band of smaller mail at the bottom of the skirt may be a modification to lengthen the coat.