Coat of Mail

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Coat of Mail

 

ancient and medieval defensive armor to protect the body. In a narrow sense, the term referred to a form of chain armor, although the latter differed from a coat of mail by having smaller rings and closer interweaving.

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amazing quantity of bows, arrows, shields, helmets, croslets, breast and back pieces, coats of mail, gauntlets, vambraces, or armour for the arms, swords, spears, battle axes, harness for horses, and other armour offensive and defensive that the like had not been seen in the memory of man'.
Morgan curator at the Higgins Armory Museum, and, as such, has been surrounded by 8,000 objects of early warfare, from coats of mail to halberds to dog-faced and other curious-looking helmets.