Object Title

Left gauntlet

Left gauntlet

Date

1500

Object Number

III.1109

Provenance

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

Physical Description

Comprising a cuff and four metacarpal lames. The cuff is short, tubular and slightly flared. It is made of two plates joined at the outer side by an external, bilobed hinge, and fastened at the inner side by a pin catch. The main edge has a partial inward turn with embossed roping, bordered by a double incised line; the edge at the inside of the wrist has a similar partial turn, bordered by a thin incised line. The wrist is embossed for the outer process of the ulna. The metacarpal lames are narrow and overlap toward the cuff. Each is articulated by a domed, external headed rivet with an internal washer at either side. Near the upper edges of the cuff and metacarpal lames are light, transverse etched bands of scrolling foliage.


The pin of the catch is missing, as is one articulating rivet. The main edge of the cuff is generally damaged.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 154 mm, cuff width 100 mm Weight: 200 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the upper edge of the cuff is the Rotunda number MA 2329.

Associations

Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1873: 140, MA 2329

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1889: 150, no. 16/258

W J Karcheski Jr and T Richardson, The medieval armour from Rhodes, Leeds, Royal Armouries 2000: no. 7.21