Object Title

Elbow Gauntlet

Elbow Gauntlet

Date

About 1650

Object Number

II.315

Provenance

Old Tower stock

Physical Description

Comprising a long cuff made in one piece closed at the rear by an outward overlapping joint secured by 3 externally flush rivets. The upper rear edge curves up to the point of the elbow; the upper front edge is slightly flanged. The upper edge has a plain inward turn bordered by single incised line decoration within which are 17 domed lining rivets with internal rectangular washers retaining fragments of the leather lining band.
The rear of the lower edge, which has a cutout for the passage of the hand, has a plain outward turn accompanied by single incised line decoration, within which are 3 domed lining rivets. There are two domed rivets for the missing thumb plate.
Attached at either side of the lower front edge of the cuff is the first of 4 metacarpel lames, the fourth terminating in a knuckle plate, each of which is cusped to accomodate a rivet at either side. Each plate overlaps outwards from the knuckle plate and is drawn up slightly obliquely at the centre of the edge; and all subsidiary edges are bordered by single incised line decoration. The knuckle plate is embossed for the base of the fingers, each with a domed rivet fitted with an internal square washer retaining fragments of leather.
It is patinated externally and internally is rough from the hammer.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max. length: 48.8 cm (19.25 in), Max. diameter arm opening: 26.4 cm (10.4 in), Max. width: 17.5 cm (6.9 in) Weight: 0.866 kg (1 lb 15 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Inside in red paint: III / 957

Associations

Places England

Notes

Was III.957