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An Indian chain mail shirt, of micro links so called “Silk Mail”, reputedly from the Bikaner Armoury (see footnote 1) circa 1680s and taken at the siege of Adoni (footnote 2),

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Lot Details

overlaid on later cotton shirt. Incorporating many various sizes of riveted small scale mail of evident age. Open to the front, sleeves to cover the upper arms (approx 330mm long), the back with an open 'vent' to the lower edge (approx 240mm) Overall height approx 720mm. Provenance: Purchased from N.S.(Syd) Bryan, at the Autumn London Arms and Armour Fair 27 Sept 2013. Bryan was one of a small group of British dealers and collectors who bought and sold a large quantity of arms and armour from the Bikaner armoury over the last quarter of the 20thC. Footnote: 1) The Bikaneer armory of the maharajas of Bikaner in Rajasthan, northern India. 2) A series of campaigns in the Deccan in the 1680s and 1690s, including battles at Golconda in 1687 and Adoni in 1689 were led by Anup Singh, a general in the armies of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Bryan suggested this shirt had been taken as booty during the Adoni campaigns.