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Hauberk

Hauberk

c. 1400- 1450

Steel and brass rings, riveted with modern buckles and straps

Overall: 76.2 cm (30 in.); Sleeves: 43.2 cm (17 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance 1923.1120

Description

Mail armor was the predominant form of metal body defense for European knights until about 1350. The term derives from the Old French word maille (mesh), implying a protective textile. Each mail garment was constructed of small linked metal rings and "woven" for a specific part of the body. Mail for the torso is a hauberk and typically reached mid-thigh.

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