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PostPosted: Tue 18 Nov, 2008 10:54 am    Post subject: Mail coifs in the age of plate (primarily 15th c.)         Reply with quote

I was wondering how common the mail coif, or any type of mail hood, was used by the late 14th century and into the 15th. In the 14th century we start seeing the mail aventail attached to the bascinet. By the 15th century, it seems that the mail standard was much more common for protection the neck, with the helmet protecting the rest of the head. Is there much evidence showing a coif or hood being used by this point?
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Nov, 2008 11:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think poorer troops are still wearing them under kettle helmets. Also you read refrences to wire caps and there are some surviving ones up through the Landsknecht period. They can be seen in period artwork, especially in the crucifiction on the poor and ignorant soldiers attacking Christ. Also it would apear the Irish and Gallowglass troops wore mail hoods under thiew bascinets.

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Nov, 2008 4:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Any pictures of those coifs, then?

(I'm not doubting the information--just curious about how they look.)
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