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A coif is a close-fitting cap worn during the medieval period. The coif might be made of silk (if wealthy) or other cloth and it might be padded to be worn under a helmet.

The coif had come to become regarded as old fashioned by the mid-15th century.

A maille coif was sometimes worn over a padded fabric coif to provide additional protection to the head and throat. This was common practice in western Europe for much of the twelfth through fourteenth centuries. Maille coifs sometimes had a "flap" of maille that could be drawn across the face and tied into place, providing additional protection.

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