Object Title

Left gauntlet

Left gauntlet



Object Number

II.40 U


Probably transferred from the Palace at Greenwich about 1649

Physical Description

The cuff is of two pieces, joined by one rivet at either side, and slightly flaring. Inside the wrist is a single wrist plate shaped to the thumb. Outside are three metacarpal lames, a fourth which is extended to include the base of the thumb defence, and a fifth which is shaped to the knuckles. All these overlap upwards and are articulated by rivets at either side. The knuckle plate and the single carpal lame were restored in 1978. The thumb is protected by three scales and the fingers by 6, 7, 7 and 6 scales respectively, a few of which may be original, all riveted to modern leathers. The main edges have plain inward turns bordered by double incised lines and modern brass lining rivets at the cuff edge, and original iron rivets with washers, and a flush rivet at the thumb end on the wrist plate. Inside the gauntlet is sewn a modern leather cuff and a glove. The exterior is bright and slightly patinated. The wrist plate has a large riveted repair, as does the fourth metacarpal lame where it is extended for the thumb. The cuff edge has several areas of minor damage, and a suspension hole at the inner centre.


Dimensions: length: 360 mm; width: 135 mm; depth: 230mm Weight: 790 g

Inscriptions and Marks

No marks.