Object Title

Right gauntlet

Right gauntlet



Object Number



Purchased 1982. Formerly in the Manor House of Vescovera near Pavia, Italy, then in the collection of Cav. Luigi Marzoli of Brescia

Physical Description

Made from a single steel plate, in 'hour-glass' form. The cuff is broad and flared, the wrist narrow, and the plate is embossed over the knuckles. The two ends of the plate are not joined inside the wrist. The main edges are bordered by small, close-set lining rivets with domed heads, and in the centre of each knuckle is a rivet of the same type. All the finger and thumb plates are missing.

Featured in

Hundred Years War


Dimensions: Length: 200 mm; diameter: 132 mm Weight: 225 g

Inscriptions and Marks


Bibliographic References

J G Mann, 'Gauntlets and the Meyrick Society', The Connoisseur, CXLVI, October 1960: 97-102, fig. 1

Victoria and Albert Museum, The art of the armourer, London, 1963, no. 11

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011, volume 1


This gauntlet belongs to a small group discussed by J G Mann, 'Fourteenth century gauntlets', The Connoisseur CVIII, August 1941: 60-73. Most of the group differ in that the plate is joined inside the wrist; these include Churburg no. 13 (O Trapp and J G Mann, The armoury of the castle of Churburg, London, 1929); the Wallace collection gauntlets (J G Mann, Wallace collection catalogues European arms and armour I, London, 1962, nos A251-2); and the pair from the Ressman collection in the Bargello, Florence (possibly from Churburg; G Laking, A record of European armour and arms, I, London, 1920-2, fig. 565). The latter are related in having close-set lining rivets around the cuff. Gauntlets which also belong to this group include the right hand gauntlet in the Museo Stibbert, Florence, no. 3551, and the pair from a boy's armour preserved at Chartres Cathedral, now in the Musée des Beaux Arts, Chartres (F H Cripps-Day, Fragmenta armamentaria, V, Frome, 1941: fig. 8; TR research files on the Chartres group).

The group in which the plate is not joined includes the gilt latten gauntlets hung with the achievements of Edward the Black Prince at Canterbury Cathedral (Laking 1920, I: fig. 550), which are less flared but have lining rivets. Most comparable are the two gauntlets (not a pair) from Ripon Cathedral (J G Mann, 'Two fourteenth century gauntlets from Ripon Cathedral' The Antiquaries Journal XXII, 1942: 113-22), on which the cuffs are bordered by sparse lining rivets.