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


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.