The Wallace Collection

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Gauntlet
  • Gauntlet
  • Attributed to Wolfgang Grosschedel (1517 - 1562)
  • Landshut, Germany
  • c. 1560
  • Iron or steel and copper alloy, etched and blackened
  • Weight: 0.6 kg
  • A272
  • European Armoury III
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  • Left gauntlet, with a slightly pointed cuff linked by an external brass decorated hinge; the under part sharply boxed at the wrist, the edge turned under. It is roped and bordered with brass-headed rivets for the lining strap; six metacarpal plates working on sliding rivets, the first embossed for the ulna; double knuckle-plates, slightly moulded; scaled fingers and long thumb-piece. The thumb is attached by means of an external brass decorated hinge. Decorated with slightly sunken bands and borders etched with birds and running foliage on a granulated and blackened ground. The etched decoration of the plates matches that of the cuisses of Wallace Collection armour A34, but is in sunk bands rather than on a plain surface. The etching has been partly reworked.