Object Title

Right gauntlet

Right gauntlet



Object Number

II.360 L


Purchased from H Ricketts, London, February 1984, with the aid of a public appeal and assistance from the National Art Collections Fund, National Heritage Memorial Fund and Sir Emmanuel Kaye. Formerly in the collection of Lord Astor of Hever Castle, purchased from the London dealer R Partridge in 1907, sold Sotheby's 5 May 1983 lot 47.

Physical Description

The gauntlets have flaring, pointed cuffs, with longitudinal keels. There are five metacarpal plates, overlapping upwards, which are articulated by rivets with internal leathers at either side to a knuckle plate with embossed knuckles, outlined in gilt, and a roped and gilt transverse ridge. The fingers are each of seven scales, overlapping upwards and riveted to internal leathers. The inner sides of the metacarpal plates have domed brass headed rivets, the outer headless rivets, with fragments of the original leathers. Lining rivets at the cuffs hold replacement linings and picadills.

Each plate of the armour is etched and gilt with an overall design of interlacing eared snakes in vertical bands, joined by diagonally interlacing spindly foliage with occasional flowers, amongst which are perching predatory birds, flying parrots, various insects, including grasshoppers and dragonflies, snails (some winged), long eared squirrels and gambolling hares. The surface, though blackened with rust, appears as bright steel where protected. The borders, which accompany each turned edge, are etched with a simple scrolling foilage frieze on a hatched ground. The comb of the close helmet is etched with a more complex scrolling foliage frieze on a hatched ground. Both border types are all gilt, and are bordered on either side by plain gilt bands.


OverallLength315 mm
OverallWidth180 mm

Inscriptions and Marks



Places France