The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Gauntlet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Nuremberg, Germany
  • c. 1550
  • Steel and leather
  • Weight: 0.585 kg
  • Armourer's mark: The Nuremberg city mark
  • A268
  • European Armoury I
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  • Gauntlet, for the field, comprising a pair with A267.
    Pointed cuff boxed to four planes and decorated with sunken scallops with the inner part hinged at the side, the edges roped; six articulated metacarpal plates, the last surmounted by a roped knuckle-guard riveted on, the edges shaped and bevelled. The two plates of each cuff are linked by an external steel hinge and are closed by snapping over a pin inside. The thumbs are attached by steel hinges but these do not match those of the cuffs.
    Scaled fingers and hinged thumb-piece (on the left one restored); the final scales of the thumb and fingers are each incised with a finger-nail; leather lining (of later date). The cuff of each bears the Nuremberg city mark.

    These gauntlets might easily belong to the Nuremberg armour in the Royal Armouries (II.4), formerly in the Bernal Collection, from which the original gauntlets are missing.