An aventail is a piece of chain mail, which in the Middle Ages was fastened to the helmet for additional neck and shoulder protection. Favoured helms were for example the nasal helmet, but most notably the late medieval bascinet or one of its versions, the houndskull or pig-face helm.
This chainmail aventail from Ulfberth features an authentic jagged edge and a thick cowhide strap sewn to the top. The fixing holes are to be punched in the leather by the customer.
The RM chain maille type
is composed of small rings with an inner diameter of 6 mm only. As per original finds, it is woven with alternate rows of riveted round rings (domed rivet heads) and punched flat rings. Both then and now, the extremely small inner ring diameter has made it possible to manufacture this particular chain mail out of 1 mm steel without impairing its effectiveness, and thereby to achieve a weight reduction of about 30 - 35%.
The common abbreviation for this particular weave is RM (Roman Mail), as it was favoured by the ancient Celts and Romans (Lorica Hamata). However, it remained in use throughout the ages and was commonly worn up to the late Middle Ages.
- covering the full shoulder.
- jagged edge.
- Internal ring diameter: approx. 6.0 mm.
- Thickness of the material: 1 mm.
- Finish: natural (lightly oiled).
- Length of the leather strap: approx. 55 cm.
- Weight: approx. 2.7 kg.
Shipping time: 7 to 14 Days.
This is an original ULFBERTH® product.