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Gauntlet
  • Gauntlet
  • Circle of Kunz (or Konrad) Lochner (1510 - 1567)
  • Nuremberg, Germany
  • c. 1550
  • Steel, leather and copper alloy, etched
  • Weight: 0.63 kg
  • A269
  • European Armoury III
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  • Right gauntlet, with a large cuff in two parts, hinged together linked by an external brass hinge with lobated edges and are closed by snapping over a pin inside and with turned-under and roped edges; six articulated plates for the back of the hand, one knuckle-plate with a knuckle-guard riveted to it, scaled fingers and thumb-piece. The thumb is also attached by a similar brass hinge. Decorated with bands of trophies and flowers similar to those on certain parts of the armour A34, deeply etched roping and brass-capped rivets at the borders. The remaining leather glove is edged with braid.

    The etching resembles that on a field armour, dated 1549, in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (33.164), which bears the Nuremberg town mark and the maker's mark of Kunz Lochner.
    Kunz or Konrad Lochner, the most important Nuremberg armourer of his era, was born about 1510, the son of an armourer of the same name. His brothers Heinrich and Hans followed the same trade. In 1543 he was working for the future Emperor Ferdinand I and in the following year became court armourer to the future Maximilian II, for whom he made an armour still at Vienna (KHM, A529). Armour made by him for Johann Friedrich II of Gotha, one dated 1552, was formerly at the Wartburg. He made a gilded and cold-enamelled armour for man and horse for King Sigismund II August of Poland, now in Stockholm (K. Livrustkammaren, No. 2603), and probably a similar armour for the king's brother-in-law Nikolaus 'the Red' Radziwill, Duke of Birze and Dubinki, died 1584 (Vienna, KHM, A1412). Lochner died in August 1567. His mark was a lion rampant in a shield-shaped punch. (Boeheim, 1897, pp. 118-20).