The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Gauntlet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1515
  • Incised iron or steel and copper alloy
  • Weight: 0.51 kg
  • A259
  • European Armoury I
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  • Mitten gauntlet, one of a pair with A258, the cuff has a broad, sunken border; the wrist-plate is hinged and now fastens with a pin-catch, but also has a slit and two holes for a buckle and strap. Metacarpal plates of five lames (the second is recessed to allow articulation for the ulna boss on the first); four lames over the fingers, each boxed at the anterior edge. A transverse cut across the corner of the end plate on the inner side of each mitten was possibly made for convenience by the wearer; it cuts across the sunken border somewhat abruptly. Thumb-piece of four plates (restored in both cases). The two plates of each cuff are linked by an external brass hinge with a lobated edge. They were originally closed by means of a strap, fragments of which remain under a decorative washer on the top of the cuff, and a buckle (now missing), with a slot for the strap-end on the underside. The thumb arises on an extension of the metacarpal-plate. The majority of the plates are secured by brass-headed, sliding rivets. Decorated with plain incised lines; the hinge and the washer at the clasp are also incised. On the inside of each gauntlet are the remains of an inscription in red paint, now illegible.