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Piece of chain mail

Piece of chain mail



Piece of chain mail

Period: 15th century

Large section of Central European chain maille armour in a 4 in 1 pattern.

Size section: 15 x 9 cm
Diameter rings: 0,6 cm

Article code: 13-8402

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Chain mail or maille is made of interconnecting metal rings to create a mesh. At first the rings were made of copper or bronze, but these softer metal types were quickly replaced by stronger material like iron or later on steel. The strength of the mail was also determined by the weave density (pattern), the ring thickness and the linkage type (butted, riveted or welded). Until the 14th century it was common in European mail to make alternating rows of riveted rings and solid rings.

Chain mail could be put together in different patterns. In Europe the most common pattern is the single mail, also known as four link mail whereby each ring is connected with 4 rings around it (4 in 1). Some other and more intricate variations are: 6 in 1, 8 in 1, 8 in 2 and 12 in 2.

It was a very effective but costly form of armour to produce, so only the richest of knights could afford it. Because of its flexibility it was fairly easy to craft hauberks (chest armour), coifs (head armour), chausses (leg armour), and mitons (hand armour).

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