The Wallace Collection

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  • Gauntlet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Germany
  • c. 1535
  • Iron or steel and leather, etched and embossed
  • Weight: 0.7 kg
  • A266
  • European Armoury III
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  • Gauntlet, of large size, with a slightly pointed cuff forged in one piece with the metacarpal plate and embossed with a central ridge as far as the knuckles. Broad, sunk border, the edge turned over and roped. Knuckle-plate embossed with bold roping. Scaled fingers and thumb-piece. The sunk band on the cuff is etched with conventional foliage and cherubs on a plain ground, probably originally gilt; the moulded plate to which the four fingers are attached is etched with two lions' masks and two fleurs-de-lys. The leather glove is sewn to a lining-leather in the edge of the cuff and elsewhere is riveted direct to the plates.

    The ground of the etching is not completely plain but includes a few rather large circular dots reminiscent of the decoration of Wallace Collection A32, and of a saddle-steel from the Radziwill armoury, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum (M.544.1927). The shape of this gauntlet is comparable with the original one on the armour of Philip I, Landgraf of Hesse (1504-67), in Vienna, which is dated 1534 (A348; Thomas, Gesammelte Schriften, II, 1977, Pls. 88-9).