These two items, an ancient chain mail vest and a Prussian Army helmet, were found by a Dover soldier in Europe during World War I. The soldier was digging a trench and discovered these “souvenirs”. The chain mail armor dates from medieval times, possibly 15th century. The use of mail as battlefield armor was common during the Middle Ages, but by the 16th century, solid plate armor was standard. The Pickelhaube (translation: “pointed bonnet”), inscribed “Mit Gott Fϋr Koenig und Vaterland” (“With God for King and Fatherland”), was worn by an enlisted soldier ca. 1891. The FR on the eagle’s chest stands for Friedrick Rex, King of Prussia.
Location: W3, back corner
(Before heading to the next building check out items 40,46, 65 and 70 which are on temporary display in the Woodman/Fosters room)