The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Gauntlet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1510
    19th century (buckle)
  • Iron or steel, embossed and engraved
  • Weight: 0.262 kg
  • Mark: one round punched dot
  • A257
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Gauntlet, one of a pair with A256, each having a short cuff, the edge turned under, without wrist-plate; the buckle is modern. Mittens of four overlapping lames, nicked in the centre, the first is embossed for the ulna, the fifth is larger and has V-shaped recesses for the knuckles corresponding to similar treatment of the last one in reverse. Over these is the knuckle-plate with four bosses. The gauntlets end half way up the fingers with a moulded edge, and may have had extensions of mail; thumb-piece of three plates. The edge of the cuff is rolled inwards to form a ridge of almost triangular section. The thumb-plate is attached by means of a leather rather than a hinge.

    The V-shaped nicks in the metacarpal lames may be a modern 'improvement', as they cut across the engraved line bordering the uppermost plate. The final plate and possibly the thumb-plates of the right gauntlet have been restored.