Object Title

Long elbow gauntlet

Long elbow gauntlet



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, AP.43. Acquired by Sir Seton Wills, about 1970

Physical Description

Comprising a cuff of two pieces, a wrist lame, five metacarpal lames and a knuckle lame. The cuff has a deep bulge on the outside and is angled at the top, with a rounded point over the elbow. A medial keel runs the full length. The main edge is flanged, with an inward turn, and bordered by twenty lining rivets with square internal washers retaining fragments of lining band. The inside edge at the wrist has a cusp at either side, with a rivet, by which the separate wrist piece is articulated. The lower edge of this plate is concave, rising to a convex bulge at the thumb. Its main edge has an inward turn with a sunken border and lining rivets. The wrist plate is decorated with a single transverse incised line.

The upper three metacarpal lames are narrow, and articulated by a rivet in a cusp at each side. The fourth has an extension at the front with two rivets for the thumb-piece, and the fifthe is deeper, with a cut-away at the inside. The knuckle lame is embossed for the knuckles and has an articulating lobe at either side of the upper edge for a rivet. At the lower edge are four rivets for the attachment of finger leathers. All the subsidiary edges are bordered by single incised lines, except on the knuckle lame.


Dimensions: length 465mm (18.4 in ) Weight: 1.3 kg (2 lb 13 oz)

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Bibliographic References

Sotheby's The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 178. Spreadbury, P.A., Littlecote, London, 1979, p.16.