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.
Voiders are sleeves with armpit protection, because it is quite difficult to protect the armpit and inside of the elbows with armor and still maintain mobility - and a sword or dagger or polearm thrust into either ends a fight or kills quickly. Voider sleeve-and-armpit-protection sewn into one's arming clothes or gambeson are a lot lighter than wearing a full hauberk or hauburgeon, both of which were redundantly covered by coats of plate in the 14th century and full breastplates in the 15th.
These voiders cover the armpits and underside of the arms. This gives you an idea of what they look like when sewn or pointed (recomended) to a gambeson.
Here are our currently available riveted voider styles (and yes, they are supplied in pairs):
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 voiders will be replaced with fresh pictures soon.
Discontinied and sold out