Object Title

Left mitten gauntlet

Left mitten gauntlet



Object Number



Presented by Mr F. H. Cripps-Day, 1942. From the collection of Sir Guy Francis Laking

Physical Description

It has a bluntly pointed cuff made in one piece with the metacarpal plate, riveted on the underside of the wrist. It is shaped to the base of the thumb, which has three small scales, the terminal one embossed as a thumb nail. There is a single broad finger plate articulated to the metacarpal plate by rivets and overlapping it. It retains part of the canvas glove attached by linig rivets at the cuff.


Dimensions: Length: 315 mm; width: 130 mm; depth: 130 mm Weight: 1 lb 5 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

The cuff is stamped with a group of three marks, crown over OA and split cross over barred A twice below.


Places Italy, Milan

Bibliographic References

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


Compare III.1225. The same marks appear on the cuisses of Mantua B3 (1470-90), and are attributed to Ambrosio de Osam by Boccia (1982: 286). The split cross over barred A is also found on the sallet from the collection of Sir Archibald Lyle, ex-Morgan Williams collection sold Christie's 26 April 1921 lot 215, and the barbuta from Rhodes no. IV.426.