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From: Susan and Frank Downs <sfdowns@...>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2003 16:39:33 -0400
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Subject: Re: [SCA-JML] Digest Number 1113
That's really cool, and what an excellent site! Thanks for bringing it up!
Although I know next to diddly about Chinese armor, this reminds me a bit of
Japanese hexagonal mail. If the similarity holds up, the hexagonal mail
(Yeah, I know it has a name, something like tortoise shell plates) was laced
onto the backing, rather than rivetted. Lacing would have the benefit of
being more flexible than riveting (I project), and the Chinese plates would
have the advantage of protecting the lacing. No idea if its historically
correct, but it makes sense to me, since it seems like the Chinese plates go
to what would seem to be inconvenient lengths to protect a relatively