Object Title

Right gauntlet

Right gauntlet



Object Number

II.40 H


Probably transferred from the Palace at Greenwich about 1649

Physical Description

The cuff is of two pieces, joined by two rivets at either side, and slightly flaring. Inside the wrist is a wrist plate shaped to the thumb and two articulating lames. Outside are three metacarpal lames, a fourth which is extended to include the base of the thumb defence, and a fifth which is shaped to the knuckles. All these overlap upwards and are articulated by rivets at either side. The knuckle plate and the single carpal lame were restored in 1978. The thumb is protected by three scales and the fingers by 6, 7, 7 and 6 scales respectively, a few of which may be original, all riveted to modern leathers. The main edges have plain inward turns with recessed borders containing modern brass lining rivets at the cuff edge, and original brass-capped iron rivets with washers, and a flush rivet at either end, retaining fragments of the original leather lining band on the wrist plate. Inside the gauntlet is sewn a modern leather cuff and a glove. The exterior is bright and slightly patinated. The cuff edge at the inner corner of the inside plate, and the wrist plate by the thumb, are damaged.


Dimensions: length: 354 mm; width: 145 mm; depth: 165 mm Weight: 810 g

Inscriptions and Marks

No marks.