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Mail Shirt

Armorer:
Bechler (German)
Date:
15th century
Culture:
German
Medium:
Steel, brass
Dimensions:
L. 36 in. (99.5 cm); W. appx. 33 inches (83.9 cm)
Classification:
Mail
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1540
Not on view
Although mailmaking was a highly specialized craft, very few mail garments were signed by their makers. This one has two brass links inscribed with the name BECHLER, indicating a German origin.
Inscription: BECH LER (probably family name of maker, form of name suggesting South German origin). H. Nickel 10/1961.
Princeton. Princeton University Art Museum. "The Book of Kings: Art, War, and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible," March 6–June 6, 2004.

Minneapolis. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "Long-term loan," December 1, 2005–June 30, 2016.

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