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TWO EARLY BRASSES OF KNIGHTS IN CHAIN MAIL: AT STOKE D'ABERNON AND CHARTHAM

TWO EARLY BRASSES OF KNIGHTS IN CHAIN MAIL: AT STOKE D'ABERNON AND CHARTHAM

The famous brass of Sir John Daubernon (left) in the church at Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, is the earliest known representation of a knight in armour in any country. The date is 1277. The knight's figure is complete in chain mail and surcoat, and one may note that the chain mail at the knees has been reinforced with some sort of plate, heralding the later fashion of plate armour. The brass of Sir R. de Setvans (right) at Chartham, Kent, which is dated about 1306, shows but little change, though the shield is considerably longer.

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