Object Title

Knuckle plate

Knuckle plate

Date

1390-1420

Object Number

III.4333

Provenance

Presented by Peter Dale Ltd., London, on 21 May 1992, together with Inv. Nos. III.4330-1 and Nos. III.4333-4. They had been given to the company a few years ealier by a 'Mudlark' who stated that he had obtained them from the foreshore of the River Thames together with the gauntlet fragments III.2744-5 which are reported to have been found at Wapping. Since some of the knuckle plates forming part of the group are unfinished it is possible that the group as a whole was cast out of an armourers workshop. Inv. Nos. III.4257, from the same source, possibly forms part of the same group, as does an unfinished lattern knuckle plate in the collection of Ian Eaves Esq., stated to have been recovered from the Thames foreshore 'near the Tower' at about the same time.

Physical Description

It is of nearly square from, transversly curved to the shape of the finger, and embossed with a longitudinal, almond-shaped rib just to one side of its centre. It is has no rivet holes to attach it to a leather, and has clearly never been finished. The knuckle plate is made of iron, now heavily oxidised and covered with a layer of greenish concretion.

Dimensions

Weight: 0.011 kg (11 grams)

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places England