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Although rarely depicted in films and TV, light and unobtrusive "jack chains" were an important part of the protective equipment of the late medieval infantry soldier who, typically, was not dressed in plate armor but wore a padded gambeson (or “jack”) to protect his upper body. Jack chains were simply multi-jointed steel strips sewn to the outside of the sleeves of the jacket from the shoulder to the wrist, and which often incorporated a dished plate to cover the outside of the elbow. They were scanty protection against missiles and thrusting weapons, but they were extremely effective against slashing sword cuts.
length: 62cm overall
shoulder cop: 18cm wide (including curvature)
upper bar: 6cm wide (including curvature)
elbow cop: 16.5 x 15.5cm
rings: 3.4cm inner diameter
steel type: 20 gauge mild
weight: ~ 0.805 kg
Attachment: These come with leather thongs that will fix the jack chains to six different points (three on each arm) on any gambeson. One size fits all! Fix small leather patches to the points of the gambeson where the jack chains need to be secured, and then make the twin holes through these, this will stop the cloth fraying at those areas. Jack chains tend to dangle rather than hold tight against the arms, so, as long as they are firmly attached, do not be overly concerned about any looseness.