Object Title

Elbow gauntlet

Elbow gauntlet


About 1650

Object Number



Old Tower stock

Physical Description

Comprising a long cuff made in one piece closed at the rear by an inward 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 double incised line decoration within which are 11 domed lining rivets, one of which is fitted with an internal rectangular washer retaining a fragment of the leather lining band. A crude wiring hole has been punched in the border near the upper edge.
The rear of the lower edge, which has a cutout for the passage of the hand, has a plain outward turn accompanied by double incised line decoration, within which, on the inner side, is a small flattened rivet for the missing thumb piece. Close by a hole, perhaps the original rivet hole, has broken out to the edge.
Attached at either side of the lower front edge of the cuff is the first of 5 metacarpel lames, the fifth terminating in a knuckle plate, each of which is cusped to accomodate a rivet at either side. That on the outer side of the main plate and the 4th lame are fitted with an internal square washer. Each lame overlaps outwards from the knuckle plate and is drawn up slightly obliquely at the centre of the edge; 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, the middle two fitted with an internal square washer retaining a fragment of leather band. The outer two rivets are fitted internally with circular washers securing a modern strap across the fingers.
There are two holes in the front of the main plate towards the upper part of the arm, one having a slight split as well, and a split in the upper area near the joint. . The internal lower front edge of the main plate has slightly split. There is a slight dent in the upper rear surface.
It is painted black externally and internally is rough from the hammer. A small area of black paint has rubbed off on the front of the first lame and on the main plate edge where the steel strip hooks over the rear of the first lame.


Dimensions: Max. diameter of arm-opening: 16.6 cm (6.55 in), Max. length: 40.5 cm (16 in) Weight: 0.601 kg (1 lb 5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The 5th to 2nd lames have internal wedge-shaped construction marks on the front edge, one to four respectively. The 1st lame has what appear to be three marks, but a modern steel strip joining all the lames obscures part of it. The main plate has a mark near the edge which may be a construction mark: I


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