The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Gauntlet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy, probably
  • c. 1600
  • Embossed iron or steel and leather
  • Weight: 1.06 kg
  • A275
  • European Armoury III
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  • Left gauntlet, for the joust, having a heavy tubular cuff, consisting of a single plate almost encircling the forearm and completed by a narrow longitudinal plate riveted on the inner side. It is encircled at the wrist with two pairs of incised lines. Mitten of six plates in all, the three outer plates, which cover the joints, are embossed with roping and incised with lines. The end plate has a sunk border and a roped edge. Thumb-piece missing. The flat heads of the rivets inside the mitten have a rosette pattern of small raised studs and are probably original. A fragment of the leather for the attachment of the thumb survives.