Object Title

Long elbow gauntlet

Long elbow gauntlet



Object Number



Tower arsenal, sent on loan 184 to South Africa in 1920 and returned to the Armouries on 15 July 1991.

Physical Description

Comprising a long cuff made in one piece closed at the rear by an outward 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 single incised line decoration within which are 12 domed lining rivets with internal rectangular washers retaining fragments of the leather lining band, a substantial strip of which survives at front and rear. One rivet at rear retains behind the lining band a thick piece of leather whilst a fragment of a buff leather tab is secured between the lining band and washer. 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 three domed lining rivets with internal rectangular washers retaining fragments of leather lining. Close to the join is a flattened rivet securing a fragment of thick leather on the outside with an external rectangular washer. The front edge has a hole either side for an articulating rivet for the missing metacarpel plate.

The external overlap has come away from the two rearmost flush rivets.

It is externally patinated.


Dimensions: Max. Diameter of arm-opening: 16.9 cm (6.65 in), Max. Length: 33 cm (13 in) Weight: .66 kg (1 lb 7.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On the outside upper edge at the point of the elbow is painted in faded cream (?) paint: 3740 and below in yellow paint: A On the inside upper rear is painted in yellow paint: L65/898


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