Apr 27, 2020

Bishop's Mantle (Cape)

Bishop's Mantle (Cape)

c. 1520–30

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

Did you know?

In 805 an edict of Charlemagne established a link between the right to own land and the obligation to own a chainmail shirt.


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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