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European riveted mail coif, found intact in the tower room of Tofta Church, a medieval Lutheran church on the Swedish island of Gotland Sweden. The hood is unique in that it is exceptionally well preserved, and because it has original leather straps. The hood has been carbon 14 dated to the 1200s, conservation was commissioned in 2007 to preserve, assemble and analyze the hood, the work was completed in Dec 2008 and the hood was put on exhibit in Tofta church in Jan 2009, restored view.

European riveted mail coif, found intact in the tower room of Tofta Church, a…

Ancient European (Roman) riveted mail, part of a lorica hamata, with flat section links that still show traces of gilding, Vindonissa Museum.

Ancient European (Roman) riveted mail, part of a lorica hamata, with flat section links that still show traces of gilding, Vindonissa Museum.

Europen riveted mail coif, from a mass grave, battle of Visby, fought in July 1361 on the Swedish Baltic island of Gotland, between invading Danish troops and the local Gutnish forces. The Danish won a decisive victory. Due to the heat, the dead had to be disposed of quickly, and many were buried in their armour. The archaeological excavation of one of the mass graves, in the 1930s, revealed over 1000 skeletons. Fornsalen Museum.

Europen riveted mail coif, from a mass grave, battle of Visby, fought in July…

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Chainmail was a form of metal armor worn by soldiers. It was made of metal rings that were attached to each other. The point of chain mail was to prevent injury when a soldier was in war.

European riveted mail standard / mail bevor, Philadelphia Museum of Art. D7.

European riveted mail standard / mail bevor, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Brigandine, 15th to 16th century, Musée du Moyen Age - Hotel de Cluny, Paris, France.

Brigandine, to century, Musée du Moyen Age - Hotel de Cluny, Paris…

European riveted mail standard / mail bevor, Churburg collection.

European riveted mail standard / mail bevor, Churburg collection.

European coat of plates from a mass grave, battle of Visby, fought in July 1361 on the Swedish Baltic island of Gotland, between invading Danish troops and the local, Gutnish, forces. The Danish won a decisive victory. Due to the heat, the dead had to be disposed of quickly, and many were buried in their armour. The archaeological excavation of one of the mass graves, in the 1930s, revealed over 1000 skeletons. Visby #4.

European coat of plates from a mass grave, battle of Visby, fought in July

Perfecto equipo de caballero de la segunda mitad del s. XIII. Con escudoba relievevy reducido y gran yelmo.

Perfecto equipo de caballero de la segunda mitad del s. XIII. Con escudoba relievevy reducido y gran yelmo.

European (German) riveted mail hauberk with basinet and riveted mail aventail (prob German). 13th to 14th century, Royal Armouries, Leeds, UK.

European (German) riveted mail hauberk with basinet and riveted mail aventail (prob German). to century, Royal Armouries, Leeds, UK.

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