Covering the top, back, and sides of the head and shoulders, a mail coif is a type of mail designed to protect the wearer during combat. Made from interlinked chains designed to withstand piercing blows. The mail coif saw widespread use by European soldiers throughout the Middle ages.
The term coif comes from a close fitting cap which covers the top, back and sides of the head. Usually made of white linen and tied beneath the chin. These caps were commonly worn during the middle ages by both men and women.