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mail-armour

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1856,0701.2244

  • Description

    Mail collar or standard, of iron and copper alloy, covering the neck and extending onto the shoulders. The section for the neck is formed of riveted mail links, each connected to three links in the rows above and below (1:6). The lower section is of alternate rows of riveted and welded links, and is shaped to fall in points over the shoulders and at the centre rear. The lower edge and centre portion of the upper edge are formed of riveted copper alloy links. Around the base of the neck section is an intermittent row of butted copper alloy links, from which three remaining decorative mail triangles, also formed of butted copper alloy links, and part of a fourth, fall. At the right end of the colllar is the base of an iron clasp, with a large washer on the inside. A few links are missing, leaving a hole at the centre right and smaller holes at the centre and left.

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  • Date

    • 1350 (circa)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 670 millimetres
    • Depth: 10 millimetres
    • Height: 260 millimetres
    • Weight: 1010 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    The 1:6 ratio of mail on the collar is extremely rare. Mail collars of this sort, called standards or pizanes, are recorded in large numbers in the inventories of the Tower of London arsenal in the late 14th century.

  • Location

    On display: G40/dc10/sD

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2007 15 Sep-2 Dec, London, Royal Academy of Arts, 'Making History: Antiquaries in Britain, 1707-2007'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1856

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1856,0701.2244

Mail-armour; collar or standard.

Mail-armour; collar or standard.

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