The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Gauntlet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany, perhaps Brunswick
  • c. 1560
  • Iron or steel, copper alloy and textile, embossed
  • Weight: 0.73 kg
  • Mark: Marked three times with a circular punch
  • A271
  • European Armoury I
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Right mitten gauntlet, with a large, flaring cuff with roped edge, brass-headed rivets with rosette washers; four articulated metacarpal plates (one shaped for the thumb) ; embossed knuckle-plate; five ridged plates over the fingers, all with brass-headed rivets. The cuff has been marked three times with a circular punch. There are two looped straps inside for attachment.

    The particular type of brass washer to the rivets on the cuff, punched with lines, is a characteristic of certain Brunswick armour, see Fuhse, Schmiede ... des Stadt Braunschweig, 1930, p. 47, where Herr Bohlmann illustrates a similar gauntlet in his possession. Others were in the Exhibition of Arms and Armour of the Duke of Brunswick, Tower of London, 1952-4, Cat. Nos. 18-25, having this same distinctive feature.