SOLD Antique Medieval 14t/15th Century European Knight Chain Mail Shirt Hauberk Armour
SOLD Superb Quality, Very Rare Antique, Medieval 14th -15th century, European
knight (possibly made by a German Nuremberg armourer), chain mail shirt hauberk
armour with short sleeves and an opening at the front. The mail is constructed
of three types of rings. A solid iron, one piece, hammered, thick sturdy
flattened rings, linked by alternating thinner hammered iron riveted rings and
brass rings riveted by iron pins. The upper part of the front and the back are adorned
with a triangular design form of brass riveted rings, there is also few
individual one piece hammered thick brass rings and few individual unriveted
brass rings connecting the iron rings. We do not know if the large brass
split-rings, at the opening, are from the time period, or are possibly later
replacements. The right sleeve is longer than the left sleeve, this different
length of the sleeves is made designedly, since the left arm was protected by a
shield and in the right hand the knight holds the sword, or lance, all rings on
the sleeves are the same as on the shirt. Most, such high-quality mail shirts,
hauberks, were made in Germany, by Nuremberg armourers, and they were very
expensive, therefore, only wealthy knights could afford them.
A medieval mail hauberk, constricted with this type of iron rings and brass
iron riveted rings are extremely rare. The only other known hauberk,
constructed in the same way with similar iron rings to this one and brass rings
riveted by iron pins, have a 14th century hauberk known as," the
Sinigaglia hauberk" from the former Meyrick and Noel Paton collections,
are now in The Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh, please see the last 7 pictures
in the listing.
The Sinigaglia mail shirt, which is now in the Royal Scottish Museum in
Edinburgh and was in the Meyrick and Noel Paton collections, dates from the
fourteenth century. Very little is known about its more recent history.
Apparently, it was bought by a Jewish dealer from an ancient family in
Sinigaglia, near Bologna, Italy, "In whose possession it had been beyond
any of their records." So, it is possible that the Sinigaglia hauberk was
made by a German Nuremberg armourer.
CONDITION: In very good condition, no tears, except for few missing
connecting rings in some places, as can be an aspect from an old combat chain
mail that is over 500 years old.
MEASUREMENTS: The dimensions are approximately measured, as displayed on a
Length from top of the shoulder to the bottom): approximately 58 cm (22.84 inches)
Distance between the ends of sleeves: 132 cm (51.97 inches)
Distance between the ends of the bottom edge of the shirt: approximately 59
cm (23.23 inches)
Weight (approximately): 7.26 Kg (16 lb.)
The display stand, which is in the picture, is a prop, and is not included with the chain mail.