Object Title

Mail and plate coat (zirih baktar)

Mail and plate coat (zirih baktar)


1600 - 1699

Object Number



Purchased from Robert Hales Antiques, 1999, no. 73. Originally from the Bikaner armoury, Rajasthan.

Physical Description

Heavy coat of large robust mail having four main plates on each side. The plates each have a fastening in the form of a bar hammered into a disc at the end and terminating in a small finial. At either side of the main plates are subsidary ones, again in four sections, shaped at the top to the arm. The mail is exceptionally heavy over the chest, made of alternate rows of punched and riveted links; the latter having a small nib protruding inside. On the left side is a small rectangular flap of mail that covers the opening above the main plates. The arms and the remainder of the body of the coat are of an intermediate sized mail, the skirts a slightly smaller size. The sleeves are long with the cuffs angled off. All of the links in the coat have the outer edges bevelled off.


Dimensions: The length of the coat is 750 mm, the chest measures 560 mm, the waist 500 mm and the length from cuff to cuff is 1900 mm. The size of the larger links are 14.5 mm dia, and 2.25 mm in thickness. The intermediate size mail is 12 mm in dia and 1.45 mm in thickness whilst the smallest mail is 10.3 mm in dia and 1.4 mm in thickness. Weight: The weight of the coat is 11.7 kg

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