Object Title

Elbow Gauntlet

Elbow Gauntlet

Date

About 1650

Object Number

II.307

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 5 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 13 domed lining rivets with internal rectangular washers, one washer of which is now missing. One rivet retains a fragment of internal canvas lining band.
A crude wiring hole has been punched in the border near the upper rear edge.
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 slightly domed lining rivets, the outermost retaining a fragment of leather lining.
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, all fitted with internal square washers except for the outer side of the 2nd lame, which has a circular washer, and both sides of the 1st lame, which have none. The 2nd to 4th washers on the inner side retain fragments of the leather strap. Each lame overlaps outwards from the knuckle plate and is drawn up slightly obliquely at the centre of the edge; the main edge of the knuckle plate 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 a fragment of leather strap.
It is externally patinated and internally rough from the hammer. The 4th metacarpel lame is slightly broken at the front edge. The upper part has laminated internally.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max. diameter: 16.9 cm (6.6 in), Max. length: 44.1 cm (17.3 in) Weight: 1.238 kg (2 lb 11 3/4 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The 2nd metacarpel lame has three internal construction marks: III

Associations

Places England