The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Gauntlet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1480
  • Steel
  • Weight: 0.305 kg
  • A254
  • European Armoury I
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  • Although the Wallace Collection does not include an authentic pair of German Gothic gauntlets, it does own several individual pieces. The best of them, this piece shows how closely German armourers studied the mechanics of the body, in an effort to create what were effectively human exo-skeletons. This delicate yet strong example is composed of a series of plates carefully matched to the key parts of the hand, complete with pointed knuckles, wide metacarpal plate, and articulated wrist. The central wrist plate is even embossed to allow for the protruding end of the ulna, one of the two long forearm bones. The gauntlet would once have included individual articulated sets of plates to protect the fingers and thumb, now lost.