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Mail armour


Here we have some of the surviving mail from the Mary Rose. 

It is made of leaded brass, and is believed to have been a decorative edging for larger items of iron mail, which has since corroded away.

While it’s usually referred to as chain mail, even in the image above, the soldier who wore this wouldn’t have done so.

The phrase ‘chain mail’ wasn’t used until 1822, which in turn led to other types of armour being referred to as mail, e.g. “plate mail”. From a technical viewpoint, though, what is generally referred to as ‘chain mail’ is the only form of mail armour.