Object Title

Long elbow gauntlet

Long elbow gauntlet

Date

1660

Object Number

III.3862

Provenance

Old Tower stock, sent on loan 184 to South Africa in 1920 and returned to the Armouries on 15/7/91.

Physical Description

Comprising a long cuff made in one piece closed at the rear by an inward overlapping joint secured by five 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 thirteen lining rivets which retain a leather lining band to which is stitched a leather lining. A pierced leather tab is additionally secured between the lining band and the rivet next to the overlapping joint at the front. Beside it has been pierced a crude wiring hole. The rear of the lower edge, which has a cutout for the passage of the hand, has a plain inward turn bordered by double incised line decoration within which are five flattened lining rivets with internal circular washers retaining a leather lining band to which is stitched fragments of the leather lining.


Attached at either side of the lower front edge of the cuff is the first of four metacarpel lames, the fourth terminating in a knuckle plate, each of which is cusped to accomodate a rivet at either side. The knuckle plate is attached to the finger scales. Each plate overlaps outwards from the knuckle plate, and all subsidiary edges are bordered by double incised line decoration. The 1st and 2nd rivets at the rear have been replaced by small, flattened rivets. The 3rd and 4th rear rivets are fitted with internal irregular square washers and retain fragments of the leather glove. The knuckle plate is embossed for the base of the fingers, each with a rivet fitted with an internal irregular square washer which secures the finger leather. All fingers have six scales except the little finger, which has five. They are drawn out to an oblique point at the front and secured to the leather by an external flush rivet at the rear. The front scale on each finger has a rounded front edge which has an additional rivet to secure it to the leather.


The 2nd, 3rd and 4th metacarpel front rivets are fitted with internal irregular square washers which retain the greater part of the connecting thumb leather, which is additionally attached to the lower front edge of the cuff by two rivets, and to which are attached seven thumb scales, overlapping outwards from the 4th. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd scales have a medial ridge bordered each side by double incised line decoration. The rear edge is similarly bordered by double incised line decoration between the other two bands, the rear edge of the 1st scale being drawn out to a point. Each side has an inward turn, and is secured to the leather by two flattened rivets at the front. The 4th scale has a medial ridge at the rear similarly decorated to the other scales, and secured by three rivets. The sides have inward turns at the rear only, those at the front tapering, the front edge drawn out to an oblique point bordered by double incised line decoration. The front edges of the 5th and 6th scales are similarly drawn out and bordered, being secured by a flattened rivet at the rear. The 7th scale is also secured by a rivet at the rear. It has a rounded front edge with an additional rivet securing it to the leather. A band of double incised line decoration curves round the front rivet. The remains of the leather glove are stitched to a modern cream cotton glove, which is torn in places.


It is painted black externally.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max. Diameter of arm-opening: 14.8 cm (5.8 in), Max. Length: 45.4 cm. (17.8 in) Weight: 1.09 kg (2 lb 6.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On the inside upper rear of the leather is painted in yellow paint: L65/891 and below: 3741 (crossed out) B

Associations

Places England