Plated mail (sometimes called plated chainmail, splinted mail or splinted chainmail) is a type of mail with embedded plates. Armour of this type has been used in the Middle East, Japan, China, Korea, Central Asia, Greater Iran, India, Eastern Europe, and by the Moors.
Types of plated mail
- Behterets (Russian: Бехтерец), from Persian behter —- small horizontal plates arranged in vertical rows without gaps, joined by rings, and embedded in chainmail
- Yushman (Russian: Юшман), from Persian jawshan —- long horizontal plates embedded in chainmail and resembling laminar armour (e.g. Roman lorica segmentata)
- Kalantar (Russian: Калантарь) —- square plates embedded in chainmail, very similar to the Japanese karuta tatami-do. The major difference is that kalantar are not sewn to a cloth backing as Karuta tatami-do are.
According to Bobrov the first plated mail appeared as cuisses in the Middle East, and were imported by the Golden Horde. Iranian miniatures of the first half of 15th Century show different combinations of plated mail with lamellar armor and brigandines sometimes worn with a single round mirror plate as breast re-enforcement. The first representation of plated mail as body protection is shown in Iranian miniatures, which show plated mail composed of relatively big plates, worn with laminar pauldrons and skirt (formed from long, horizontal plates), re-enforced by a big round mirror plate. The first representation of classic plated mail (without lamellar elements) can be seen in Baghdad's miniature which dates from 1465. From the end of the 15th Century plated mail began to fully replace lamellar armours. The main difference between eastern European (Russian and Polish) and Oriental plated mail is that eastern European versions usually do not have sleeves, while Oriental versions have sleeves (the forearms were protected by vambraces). In a heavy version these sleeves have embedded plates, and a light version (more widely used) has sleeves entirely made from mail.
In Japan plated mail is called "Karuta", small square or rectangular plates with the gaps between them filled with mail.
- kote - Japanese bracers which are often were made from plated mail sewn to cloth backing
- pl:Bechter poznański
- pl:Bechter moskiewski - Russian type of plated mail
- Tatami-do - Japanese type of plated mail
- de:Baju Lamina - Indonesian type of plated mail
- de:Moro-Rüstung - Philippine type of plated mail
- Mail (armour)
- Splinted armour
- Lamellar armour
- Leonid A. Bobrov "Iron hawks from the territory of Maveranahr" (sets of the defensive equipment of the warriors of the Middle Asia and the neighouring territories in 16th - 17th centuries)
- Леонид Бобров "Защитное вооружение среднеазиатского воина эпохи позднего средневековья" (Leonid Bobrov "Panoply of a Late Medieval Central Asian Warrior")
illustrations of different kind of plated mails
- Ahmad Y Hassan, The Colouring of Gemstones, The Purifying and Making of Pearls, And Other Useful Recipes
- Ian Bottomley & A.P. Hopson "Arms and Armor of the Samurai: The History of Weaponry in Ancient Japan" p.88 & p.91
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- The Silk Road Designs Armoury (Maile and Plates) (same site at the internet archive)
- Russian medieval arms and armor
- about Korean plated mail (lang. Korean)
- Photos of Turkish plated mail
- Nihon Katchû Seisakuben
- Mughal Plated Mail (Pakistan)
- Samurai's Tatami-do
- Plated mail in turkish style owned by Holly Roman Emperor Charles V