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Tibetan lamellar armor and helmet, 17th c or earlier, Iron, leather, textile, unusually complete,  twice as many rows as similar armors, the only example in a Western collection, one of the few in the world, that has full armored sleeves. Similar sleeves of this rare form have also been found in the ruins of Tsaparang, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Guge, in Ngari (western Tibet),  very complete and well preserved eight-plate lamellar type helmet.  National Museums of Scotland.

Tibetan lamellar armor and helmet, 17th c or earlier, Iron, leather, textile, unusually complete, twice as many rows as similar armors, the only example in a Western collection, one of the few in the world, that has full armored sleeves. Similar sleeves of this rare form have also been found in the ruins of Tsaparang, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Guge, in Ngari (western Tibet), very complete and well preserved eight-plate lamellar type helmet. National Museums of Scotland.

European arming doublet, 1550-1650, repaired c. 1937 by Leonard Heinrich. Leather, linen, flax fiber, steel, and brass. Center Back Length: 25 1/4 inches (64.1 cm) Waist: 36 1/2 inches (92.7 cm) 9 lb. (4.08 kg) Philadelphia museum of Art. Gallery 246, Arms and Armor, second floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries) Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977

European arming doublet, 1550-1650, repaired c. 1937 by Leonard Heinrich. Leather, linen, flax fiber, steel, and brass. Center Back Length: 25 1/4 inches (64.1 cm) Waist: 36 1/2 inches (92.7 cm) 9 lb. (4.08 kg) Philadelphia museum of Art. Gallery 246, Arms and Armor, second floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries) Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977

Proper reproduction of a 13th Century Mail Coif, made by Erik D. Schmid (pictured)

Proper reproduction of a 13th Century Mail Coif, made by Erik D. Schmid (pictured)

Europen riveted mail hauberk, 17th century, belonging to Francis II Rákóczi, Prince of Transylvania, Hungarian National Museum

Europen riveted mail hauberk, 17th century, belonging to Francis II Rákóczi, Prince of Transylvania, Hungarian National Museum

Russian behter armor , 17th c, the chest, back, sides and shoulders with overlapping rectangular curved iron plates linked to a riveted mail vest with three quarter length sleeves and waist. Overall length 29.25 inches (74.2 cm). Some comparable examples are illustrated in Leonid Tarassuk, 'The Collection of Arms and Armour in the State Hermitage, Leningrad', The Journal of the Arms and Armour Society, Vol. V, Nos. 4-5, March 1966, pp205-208. Back view.

Russian behter armor , 17th c, the chest, back, sides and shoulders with overlapping rectangular curved iron plates linked to a riveted mail vest with three quarter length sleeves and waist. Overall length 29.25 inches (74.2 cm). Some comparable examples are illustrated in Leonid Tarassuk, 'The Collection of Arms and Armour in the State Hermitage, Leningrad', The Journal of the Arms and Armour Society, Vol. V, Nos. 4-5, March 1966, pp205-208. Back view.

Behteret, Poland, about 1560, National Museum in Krakow Poland.

Behteret, Poland, about 1560, National Museum in Krakow Poland.

European (German) riveted mail hauburk, 15th century, although mail making 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, (probably the family name of maker, form of name suggesting South German origin). L. overall 36 inches (99.5 cm); W. approx. 33 inches (83.9 cm). Metropolitan Museum. C7.

European (German) riveted mail hauburk, 15th century, although mail making 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, (probably the family name of maker, form of name suggesting South German origin). L. overall 36 inches (99.5 cm); W. approx. 33 inches (83.9 cm). Metropolitan Museum. C7.

Bechter (Polish) from the Greater Military Museum Branch of the National Museum in Poznan, Poland.

Bechter (Polish) from the Greater Military Museum Branch of the National Museum in Poznan, Poland.

Tibetan cavalry armor, 18th to 19th century, possible Bhutanese and Nepalese elements, iron, gold, copper alloy, wood, leather, and textile, assembled based on photographs taken in the 1930s and 1940s in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa during the Great Prayer Festival. The photographs showed troops of ceremonial armored cavalry, who wore a standardized set of equipment as stipulated by the central government of Tibet probably from the mid-seventeenth or eighteenth century onward. Met museum.

Tibetan cavalry armor, 18th to 19th century, possible Bhutanese and Nepalese elements, iron, gold, copper alloy, wood, leather, and textile, assembled based on photographs taken in the 1930s and 1940s in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa during the Great Prayer Festival. The photographs showed troops of ceremonial armored cavalry, who wore a standardized set of equipment as stipulated by the central government of Tibet probably from the mid-seventeenth or eighteenth century onward. Met museum.

A. Görlach project. Awesome and accuracy representation of a XIII century knight. One of the best examples i Have ever seen. Germany.

A. Görlach project. Awesome and accuracy representation of a XIII century knight. One of the best examples i Have ever seen. Germany.

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