Maille, or mail, or chain mail (as popular culture and web search engines call it) was the #1 armor from Roman times up through the 14th century, and was still used on the battlefields of eastern Europe and central Asia well into the 20th century. The term "chain mail" is a Victorian misnomer that comes to us from Sir Walter Scott's 1822 novel 'The Fortunes of Nigel'. Many academics and reenactors and academically-minded reenactors prefer to simply refer to linked-ring armor as "mail", but many (myself included) prefer to use the French spelling "maille" just to differentiate the armor from the postal and e- systems. Wikipedia has a good article on maille armor here.
TherionArms is proud to present a wide variety of riveted maille armor: hauberks, haubergeons, coifs, aventails, standards, voiders, and skirts in various types/styles/grades. The various grades are name-ranked with historical titles for convenience, but this does not in any way reflect upon the historical usage.
Maille skirts are basically long rectangles of maille that can either be sewn or pointed to an arming jacket or gambeson, or worn on a belt that is then pointed to the gambeson. This is an important piece of armor, it covers your ass and protects the family jewels. Along with voiders, they are an excellent way to save weight and still have multi-layered protection underneath a coat of plates (mid to late 14th century) or full cuirass (15th and 16th centuries).
These maille skirts available through TherionArms measure 53" x 16" and weigh about 6 pounds (3.5-ish for the King grade). As an example of how they appear when ready for wear, here is a smaller (and less rectangular) skirt from a member of The British Plate Armour Society that has been sewn to a belt and equipped with straps and buckles.
Here are our currently available riveted maille skirt styles:
King grade - flat rings, dome riveted, 9mm titanium
Count grade - flat rings, alternating rows of solid and wedge riveted, 9mm 17ga mild steel
Earl grade - flat rings, dome riveted, 9mm 17ga mild steel
Baron grade - flat rings, alternating rows of solid and dome riveted, 9mm 17ga mild steel
Knight grade - round rings, dome riveted, 8mm 16ga mild steel
The crude stock photos above of these skirts will be replaced with fresh pictures soon.
Knight grade skirt