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Detailed view of the "watershed" effect on a wedge riveted link. On mail with a wedge shaped rivet the overlap is crimped together creating a peaked detail known as the ’watershed’. Many links in the 15th to 17th century have the watershed detail on the overlap . This detail is only created when  wedge shaped rivets are used. By the 1500’s most European mail was made using the structurally superior wedge rivet and watershed detail on the overlap in lieu of the round rivet with a flat…

Detailed view of the "watershed" effect on a wedge riveted link.

European riveted mail bishops mantle, detailed view of the wedge riveted links from the back side, the red arrows are pointing to the wide edge of the wedge shaped rivet.

European riveted mail bishops mantle, detailed view of the wedge riveted links from the back side, the red arrows are pointing to the wide edge of the wedge shaped rivet.

European riveted mail hauberk, 14th c, Sinigaglia Italy, alternating wedge riveted and solid links, well preserved with no rust, thigh length, short sleeve. The lower edge and the sleeves are decorated with several rows of brass rings forming a triangular decorative design. Avg dia of links:(riveted iron 13.72 mm), (riveted brass 15.14 mm), (solid iron 15.31 mm), (solid brass16.54 mm). Wire thickness (riveted iron1.5 mm), (riveted brass 1.6 mm), (solid iron 2.7 mm), (solid brass 2.2 mm). A1.

European riveted mail hauberk, 14th c, Sinigaglia Italy, alternating wedge riveted and solid links, well preserved with no rust, thigh length, short sleeve. The lower edge and the sleeves are decorated with several rows of brass rings forming a triangular decorative design. Avg dia of links:(riveted iron 13.72 mm), (riveted brass 15.14 mm), (solid iron 15.31 mm), (solid brass16.54 mm). Wire thickness (riveted iron1.5 mm), (riveted brass 1.6 mm), (solid iron 2.7 mm), (solid brass 2.2 mm). A1.

European riveted mail hauberk, 14th c, Sinigaglia Italy, alternating wedge riveted and solid links, well preserved with no rust, thigh length, short sleeve. The lower edge and the sleeves are decorated with several rows of brass rings forming a triangular decorative design. Avg dia of links:(riveted iron 13.72 mm), (riveted brass 15.14 mm), (solid iron 15.31 mm), (solid brass16.54 mm). Wire thickness (riveted iron1.5 mm), (riveted brass 1.6 mm), (solid iron 2.7 mm), (solid brass 2.2 mm). A1.

European riveted mail hauberk, c, Sinigaglia Italy, alternating wedge…

European riveted mail bishops mantle (pellegrina di maglia anelli), detail view of the shoulder, 16th century, wedge rivets with bands of brass links, this armor is being displayed inside out as the wedge shaped rivets would normally not be seen on the outside, Museo delle Armi "Luigi Marzoli" (Brescia) Italy. P3.

European riveted mail bishops mantle (pellegrina di maglia anelli), detail view of the shoulder, century, wedge rivets with bands of brass links, Museo delle Armi "Luigi Marzoli" (Brescia) Italy.

Mail coif c.1331-1370, Royal Armouries, Leeds  Constructed of alternate rows of flat riveted and solid rings. The rivets of the riveted links are wedge-shaped, with domed heads 1.78 mm across. There is a vertical opening at the rear, and at the lower rear is a triangular section of the same mail fitted with the rivet heads on the inside, possibly a working-life modification.

Constructed of alternate rows of flat riveted and solid rings. The rivets of the riveted links are wedge-shaped, with domed heads mm across. There is a vertical opening at the rear, and at the lower rear is a triangular

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