Bishop's Mantle (Cape)

Bishop's Mantle (Cape)

c. 1520-1530

Riveted steel (some brass) rings; reinforced collar

Overall (display): 55.9 x 53.3 x 27.9 cm (22 x 21 x 11 in.); Laid flat: 95.8 cm (37 11/16 in.); Diameter: 1 cm (3/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1921.1256


Chain mail capes known as "bishop's mantles" were popular with German mercenary foot soldiers between about 1500 and 1550. They were often worn as the only element of armor.

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