Mail, Maille, Sheets of Links

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Mail, Maille, Sheets of Links

This is for Historical, Cultural references as well as patterns of items made of links with Maille sheet patterning or length of chain

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Mail or chain mail is a type of armour consisting of small metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh.

The word chainmail is of relatively recent coinage, having been in use only since the 1700s; prior to this it was referred to simply as mail.

The word itself refers to the armour material, not the garment made from it. A shirt made from mail is a hauberk if knee-length, haubergeon if mid-thigh length, and byrnie if waist-length. Mail leggings are called chausses, mail hoods coif and mail mittens mitons. A mail collar hanging from a helmet is camail or aventail. A mail collar worn strapped around the neck was called a pixane or standard.

Mail is now often used for decorative use and in jewellery.

Link
/lɪŋk/
–noun
1. one of the rings or separate pieces of which a chain is composed.

Chain
  /tʃeɪn/
–noun
1. a series of objects connected one after the other, usually in the form of a series of metal rings passing through one another, used either for various purposes requiring a flexible tie with high tensile strength, as for hauling, supporting, or confining, or in various ornamental and decorative forms.

Mail (also maille, often given as chain mail or chain maille) is a type of armour or jewelery that consists of small metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh. Mail armour provided a highly effective defense against the weapons of the Medieval Period.
(thank you dictionary.com)

So is the item chain or maille? To say something is both chain and maille is not only redundant but incorrect. Chain is a single series of links most commonly seen in our jewelry where maille is a pattern of these links that you would see in (but not limited to) armour.

A chain is a series of connected links. This article is about the literal, physical chain. A chain may consist of two or more links.

A chain is usually made of metal

Chains are usually made in one of two styles, according to their intended use:

* Those designed for lifting, such as when used with a hoist; for pulling; or for securing, such as with a bicycle lock, have links that are torus shaped, which makes the chain flexible in two dimensions (The fixed third dimension being a chain's length.)

* Those designed for transferring power in machines have links designed to mesh with the teeth of the sprockets of the machine, and are flexible in only one dimension. They are known as Roller chains, though there are also non-roller chains such as block chain.

Chains can also be decorative as jewelery.

Discussion Forum

A Maille Timeline By: David A Counts

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 22, 2011.

Riveted Maille, A practical approach. by Rev. George

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 22, 2011.

Maille Safety By: Clay Edgin (PoD) and Dave Larson (Aegiswolf)

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 22, 2011.

Viking Age Arms and Armor Viking Mail

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jun 14, 2010.

History 4 Replies

Started by Dept of PMM Leather & Link. Last reply by Dept of PMM Leather & Link Jun 3, 2010.

Lorica hamata

Started by Dept of PMM Leather & Link Jun 3, 2010.

Aventail

Started by Dept of PMM Leather & Link Jun 3, 2010.

Chausses

Started by Dept of PMM Leather & Link Jun 3, 2010.

Hauberk

Started by Dept of PMM Leather & Link Jun 3, 2010.

Coif

Started by Dept of PMM Leather & Link Jun 3, 2010.

Scale armour is sometimes erroneously called scale mail.

Started by Dept of PMM Leather & Link Jun 3, 2010.

Ringmail

Started by Dept of PMM Leather & Link Jun 3, 2010.

Plated mail

Started by Dept of PMM Leather & Link Jun 3, 2010.

Banded mail

Started by Dept of PMM Leather & Link Jun 3, 2010.

A General Over Veiw

Started by Dept of PMM Leather & Link Jun 3, 2010.

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Comment by Dept of PMM Leather & Link on April 30, 2011 at 8:19pm
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 22, 2011 at 11:36am

 

 

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on October 29, 2010 at 5:03pm
A couple of place one can find more upon the making of Maille & Chain

http://corvuschainmaille.ning.com
http://www.mailleartisans.org/
 

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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