Object Title

Gauntlet

Gauntlet

Date

1349-1399

Object Number

III.773

Provenance

Excavated in Brick lane, London

Physical Description

Main plate of one piece, formed to the shape of the knuckles with a shallow v-shaped depression between each knuckle. A row of flattened, domed iron rivets follows the line of each hand bone. In addition two rows of close set rivets follow the edge of the cuff. The gauntlet is in excavated condition and a large portion of the cuff and knuckles has been restored. Missing finger and thum defences.

Featured in

Hundred Years War

Materials

Dimensions

GauntletHeight130mm
GauntletLength170mm
GauntletWeight141g
GauntletWidth155mm

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Associations

Places England

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate CXXII.

Notes

Originally the gauntlet would have been covered in fabric, which was secured by the lines of rivets. The rivets along the cuff would also have served to sectured a leather glove to the gauntlet. The missing finger and thumb defences would have been formed of overlapping plates riveted to leather strips. The 'hourglass' shape allowed the hand complete freedom of movement. Iron plates with riveted textile facings were used in armour construction throughout the later 13th and 14th centuries. In the 15th and 16th centuries brigandines exhibit an almost identical form of construction.