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Gauntlets: M.1.3E-1936

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Pair of gauntlets, of mitten form, for field use, decorated with fluting in the 'Maximilian' fashion. Each formed of a short, flared cuff, five metacarpal-plates, a knuckle-plate, five finger-plates and a hinged thumb-defence of four scales. The cuff has a straight edge with a boldly roped inward turn accompanied by a recessed border. The 'strands' of the roping are separated by pairs of incised lines. The cuff is formed of an outer plate and a shorter inner plate which fits within the former and is secured to it at either side by a pair of round-headed rivets with octagonal, internal washers. The upper front rivet on the right gauntlet, and the lower rear rivet on the left gauntlet lack their washers. The lower edge of the inner plate has a plain, inward turn. The outer plate is decorated over the ulna with an almond-shaped boss, outlined by a single incised line. It is pierced at its upper front corner with a later wiring-hole. Attached to the lower end of the outer plate is a series of five upward-overlapping metacarpal-plates of which the last is longer than the rest and connected by a knuckle-plate with a roped transverse rib to a series of five downward-overlapping finger-plates of which the last is longer than the rest and has a convex lower edge with an inward turn roped with pairs of filed lines and accompanied by a recessed border. The border contains four externally-flush rivets which retain an internal leather lining-band. The plates are connected to one another and to the cuff by externally-flush rivets. They are shaped around the rivets. The outer plate of the cuff, the metacarpal-plates and the finger-plates are decorated with three longitudinal groups of four flutes emphasised by pairs of incised lines. Hinged to the front end of the last metacarpal-plate is a thumb-defence. The hinge, which is of iron and shaped around its retaining rivets, is secured to the last metacarpal-plate by the rivet that articulates the latter to the preceding metacarpal-plate. It is secured to the main plate of the thumb-defence by a round-headed rivet with an octagonal, internal washer. On the right gauntlet, the pivot of the hinge has been replaced by a piece of wire. The main plate of each thumb-defence is of lozenge shape with a truncated lower end where it overlaps three downward-overlapping scales. The upper end of the main plate is medially ridged. A transverse ridge runs inwards from the bottom end of the medial ridge. The outer half of the upper end of the main plate is decorated with three diagonal flutes emphasised by incised lines. The three thumb-scales are slightly curved to the thumb. The last one has a rounded end and is embossed with a thumb-nail. The scales are connected to one another and to the main plate by an internal leather. The leather is secured to each scale by a single externally-flush rivet, and to the main plate by a pair of round-headed rivets with octagonal, internal washers. Part of the composite half armour M.1.3A-E-1936.

Notes

History note: Mrs E.W. Stead and Mr Gilbert Stead of Dalston Hall, Cumberland.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs E.W. Stead and Mr Gilbert Stead

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1936-01-15) by Stead, E. W. and Gilbert

Dating

19th century
Circa 1800 CE - 1900 CE

Note

South German style

The gauntlets are bright with an artificially-induced medium patination overall.

Components of the work

Hinge composed of iron (metal)
Internal Leather composed of leather
Right Depth 10.9 cm Height 27.1 cm Weight 0.49 kg Width 11.0 cm
Left Depth 11.0 cm Height 27.0 cm Weight 0.49 kg Width 11.2 cm
Cuff Border
Decoration
Finger-plate Borders
Finger-plates
Knuckle-rib
Thumb-defence
Thumb-scale

Materials used in production

Steel

Techniques used in production

Hammered : Each formed of a short flared cuff, five metacarpal-plates, a knuckle-plate with a roped transverse rib, five finger-plates and a hinged thumb-defence of four scales; hammered, shaped, riveted, with incised lines, fluting, embossed and filed decoration and recessed borders
Patinating
Forming
Riveting

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1.3E-1936
Primary reference Number: 18150
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 11 January 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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