Object Title

Left gauntlet

Left gauntlet



Object Number



Transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, Woolwich, 1927. From Rhodes, acquired by Sir J Lefroy 1867.

Physical Description

Comprising a cuff, metacarpal lame, knuckle plate and phalangealal plate.
The cuff is short and flared, with a medial ridge, and angled obliquely to be higher on the outside than the inside. It is of one piece, joined on the inside by rivets. The main edge has a flattened, inward turn, below which is a line of flush rivets for the attachment of the now-lost glove. The cuff is slightly boxed at the front, and embossed with an extension for the thumb on which a flush rivet for the thumb piece survives.

The metacarpal plate is articulated to the cuff, which it overlaps, by a rivet in a lobed terminal on either side. The knuckle plate overlaps the latter and the phalangealal plate, by rivets at either side. It is embossed with four faceted knuckles. The possibly associated phalangealal lame has a rounded lower edge, with a rivet at either side for the missing lower lame. It is boxed, with four ridges, each over a finger.

The articulating rivets bear traces of brass caps. There is an internal riveted repair at the base of the phalangeal lame. Comprising of cuff, metacarpal lame, knuckle plate nad phalange plate.


Dimensions: Height 210 mm, cuff width 152 mm Weight: 400 g

Inscriptions and Marks

At the front of the cuff is stamped the Rotunda number MA 2326. The edges of the cuff and metacarple lame have four V-shaped nicks.


Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1873: 140, MA 2326

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1889: 150, no 16/255.

W J Karcheski Jr and T Richardson, The medieval armour from Rhodes, Leeds, Royal Armouries 2000: no. 7.20