Coat of chainmail with chain hood, made of galvanized steel ringsOrder number: 62.501
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Coat of chain-mail with chain hood
The chain mail (the breastplate) is already known in approaches already in antiquity and evolved over the Celtic, Germanic and Viking Age as a particularly esteemed body protection, a sword blow often withstood. The chain shirt has, compared with a normal chest armor, the advantage that it adapts to the body. In order to sit so comfortably on the horse, the chain shirt had side slits. Up to 20,000 rings were processed for a chain mail. It can be seen that only wealthy could afford such a fighter body protection. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the sleeves were longer and also included gloves. Counter crossbow projectiles and blows with lances the chain mail could not provide adequate protection. Even against the emerging firearms the chainmail had no chance.
The chain shirts are made of 0,47 inch (12 mm) galvanized steel rings. Weight about 28,66 lbs (13 kg.)
Two parts: a chain mail and a chain hood.