laminar armour from hardened leather enforced by wood and bones worn by native siberians and Eskimo
Turkish plated mail

Banded mail is a composite armor formed by combining the concepts behind the Roman lorica segmentata with splint mail. It may otherwise be described as an 'armor of bands'. It is sometimes described as "a form of mail reinforced with bands of leather."

The historicity of banded mail has been controversial. Although considered real during the 1800s,[1] [2] later books on history claim that banded mail arose due to a misinterpretation of medieval artistic practices.[3]

Banded mail also appears in Dungeons & Dragons. Debates about the existence of banded mail have also appeared in Dragon Magazine.[4] [5] [6]

Banded mail armor is made of overlapping horizontal strips of laminated metal sewn over a backing of normal chain mail and soft leather backing. Lamination in this context refers to a process in which many thin sheets of metal are hammered or riveted together to form each individual strip.


  1. ^ Fairholt, Frederick William (1885). Costume in England: A History of Dress to the End of the Eighteenth Century. G. Bell and Sons. p. 27. 
  2. ^ Hewitt, John; Claude Blair (1860). Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe: From the iron period of the northern nations to the end of the seventeenth century. John Henry and James Parker. p. 268. 
  3. ^ Blair, Claude (1959). European Armour circa IO66 to circa 1700. New York: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY. pp. 35–36. 
  4. ^ "Forum". Dragon Magazine XII (123): 6–8. July 1987. 
  5. ^ "Forum". Dragon Magazine XII (126): 56–57. October 1987. 
  6. ^ "Forum". Dragon Magazine XII (131): 6–8. March 1988. 

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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.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


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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