At the end of the 2nd world war my mother's oldest brother was a Major in the British army (regiment not known). His regiment entered a small German town (name not known) and he took the surrender of the Mayor. This item is the Mayors' chainmail. My uncle's name was John Gardner from South Shields, Tyne and Wear and he was apparently mentioned in despatches. My uncle knew I was interested in this object and he gave it to me before he died in 1982. It obviously makes you think about a very dark period in history.