Chainmail from the 16th and 17th centuries

Central European chainmail, after 1550, Dresden. Made for the Electoral Saxon

Here is another chainmail from the age:

According to the description of the museum:
“It is a Hauberk (Shirt) of Mail for Ceremonial Use
Artist/maker unknown, Hungarian
(in Philadelphia Museum of Arts, U.S.A.)
Made in Transylvania, Europe
c. 1550-1600
Silvered copper alloy, gilded copper alloy mounts; colored glass
Height: 32 13/16 inches (83.3 cm) Width (across the shoulders): 22 7/16 inches (57 cm) Waist (circumference as mounted): 50 inches (127 cm) Weight: 14.2 lb., 14 pounds 2.9 ounces (6433.7 x 6433.7g)”

The chainmail of Prince Rákóczi György II of Transylvania (1621-1660)

Chainmail of Prince Rákóczi

In 1640, his princely father appointed him as the Captain of Várad Castle (Nagyvárad, Oradea), and this was when it was made for him. Being appointed as captain of Várad meant he was one step closer to the throne, as Várad was a crucial castle in Transylvania.

This chainmail is now on display in the National Museum of Budapest.

Drawing: Somogyi Győző

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