The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Gauntlet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1530 - c. 1540
  • Iron or steel, leather and gold, etched and gilt
  • Weight: 0.64 kg
  • A262
  • European Armoury I
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  • Gauntlet, one of a pair with A263, of heavy make. Each cuff is pointed and is slightly keeled. Each is decorated with a band on a plain ground, etched with foliage and gilt; roped border. Two wide metacarpal plates: the one which adjoins the cuff continues round it and is secured with a rivet; it is embossed for the metacarpal thumb-bone. The thumb arises on an extension of the metacarpal-plate. The borders of the cuff and the two metacarpal plates and thumb are further enhanced by an engrailed pattern of trefoils. Knuckle-guard of four boxed sections, etched and gilt like the border of the cuff. Scaled finger-plates. The end plate of each finger is incised to represent the nails or perhaps the end plates of the fingers of the right hand are etched to represent cockleshells. The leather gloves survive.

    There are certain differences between the two gauntlets, e.g. the right one has two engraved lines accompanying the sunken channel next to the gilt border of the cuff, and the left one has no lines; the boss for the ulna on the left hand is slashed with roping and on the right plain; there is one more plate on the little and ring fingers of the right hand, respectively, but they are so similar in other respects that they are undoubtedly a pair.