The illustration depicts a reconstruction of a coat of plates based on the finds from the battle graves at Wisby. The coat of plates found consist of iron plates riveted to a textile covering; the rivet heads often take the form of florets or heraldic devices. Coat of plates conformed for the most part to the basic patter of a T-shaped garment with a hole in the centre of the vertical arm through which the wearer put his head. The horizontal arm of the T, which formed the front and side of the garment, was lined with plates and these wrapped around the wearer, passed over the rear of the garment and met at the back, where they were fastened with buckles and laces. Click on the image for an enlargement.
Image sourced from David Edge & John Miles Paddock, "Arms and Armour of the Medieval Knight", Crescent Books, 1996. Permission has been requested to Crescent Books (March 5, 01) to use this image and therefore, in the meantime, the image has a fairly obviously copyright notice across it. This will be removed if and when copyright permission has been granted.
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