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    Sale 5426

    Antique Arms & Armour

    21 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 54

    A GERMAN MAIL SHIRT, NUREMBERG

    15TH /EARLY 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GERMAN MAIL SHIRT, NUREMBERG
    15TH /EARLY 16TH CENTURY
    Constructed entirely of rivetted iron rings, with closed front extending over the upper thighs, the back finishing shorter over the base of the thighs, short arms, and the front carrying a brass-headed rivet cast with Nuremberg mark on a raised shield encircled by the inscription 'Nuremberg Statt' in miniscules (small losses throughout, sold without a stand).
    Height 32½in (82.5cm)


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    For an illustrated survey of mail with similarly marked rivets or plaques see Zeitschrift für Historische Waffen-und Kostümkunde, heft 4, September 1929, Walther Rose, Behörliche Beschau-, Sarwürcher- und Eigentümer-Marken auf Okzidentalischen Maschenpanzern. Cf. plates 3 and 4.

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    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Provenance

    Harvey Murton, formerly Armorer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.