Arms, Armour, Minerals, Asian & Ethnographic
Indo-Persian Double Butt-Link Chain mail Vest, 18th century. An unusually heavy and fine tight ring vest or shirt or coat of chain mail with round butt links doubled up across the entire shirt which is split down the center. The reverse of the shirt is split at the collar to either side likely for an early padding or liner originally affixed to protect the neck. 28 1/2" H x 15" W. Chain mail is perhaps the least known material in armour, the style and types of links heavily vary and always prized for their level of difficulty to assemble and type. Butt Link which are a full circle with two ends brought together is primarily associated with Indo-Persian Armor and defenses. Although dating can be difficult this shirt is likely 18th century of good quality very resistant to rust, corrosion, originally dark in patina, and with smaller links making it’s construction more difficult.
Southern California Arms and Armour Collection Amassed 1960-1990