SOLD Antique Islamic 17th century Turkish Ottoman Chain Mail Armor
SOLD Authentic Antique 17th century Turkish Ottoman large chain mail armor Islamic (Zincir Zırh) with a central opening at the front and short sleeves formed of interlocking handmade riveted and butted iron rings
CONDITION: Showing age and usage, rusty, some holes, showing some loss of the rings, all prior stated can be expected of combat armor that is over 300 years old.
The mail is greasy with a deposit of old lubrication
MEASUREMENTS: Since the chain mail is flexible and stretchy, the dimensions are approximately measured as displayed on the mannequin. Length of the Front (from top of the shoulder to the bottom): approximately 86.2 cm (34 in).
Length of the Back (from top of the shoulder to the bottom): approximately 78.7 cm (31 in).
Distance between the ends of the shoulders: approximately 43 cm (17 in).
The Mannequin which is on the picture is a prop and is not included with the chain mail.
Chain mail armor was used to give the warrior protection, and comfort of maneuver in 17th century. It was so expensive that only a rich mounted noble Sipahi could afford it and was typically an extremely prized commodity as it was expensive and time consuming to produce; as well it could mean the difference between life and death in a battle. Mail from dead combatants were frequently looted and were used by the new owner or sold for a lucrative price.
During the 17th century eastern European cavalry such as Hungarians, Poles, Russians, and Ukrainians were equipped with this type of Ottoman chain mail; it was either imported from the Ottoman Empire, or acquired as war booty during the 17th century wars with the Ottoman Empire.
To see a Turkish Ottoman Sipahi equipped with similar chain mail please view the link below.
Links to view Turkish Ottoman chain mails in museums
We have attached to the listing pictures of Turkish Ottoman chain mails from various sources.
The last three pictures attached to the listing are showing the Turkish Ottoman chain mails from the Museum Exhibition, “Die Türckische Cammer”.