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Gauntlet: HEN.M.142-1933

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Gauntlet, of mitten form for the right hand, for field use. Formed of a flared cuff, two metacarpal plates, a knuckle-plate and four finger-plates. The cuff is of tubular form with a rearward-overlapping join at the inside of the wrist secured by two externally-flush rivets. The inward-turned upper edge of the cuff extends upwards at the outside of the hand in five cusps of which the central one is slightly more prominent than the others. The outside of the cuff is boxed at each side and decorated at its upper end with three ripple-like flutes in the 'gothic' fashion. The lower edge of the cuff is cut away at the inside of the wrist in a shallow concave curve. Connected to the lower end of the cuff at its outside are two upward-overlapping metacarpal-plates which are in turn connected by a knuckle-plate to four downward-overlapping finger-plates. The fourth finger-plate is longer than the rest and has a strongly convex lower end bordered by two 'terraced' flutes. The metacarpal-plates, the knuckle-plate and the finger-plates are all boxed at their outer ends where they are connected to one another and to the cuff by modern round-headed rivets with octagonal, internal washers. The ends of the plates are shaped around the rivets. The lower end of the knuckle-plate, the first three finger-plates and the upper end of the fourth finger-plate are all decorated between the fingers with V-shaped flutes emphasised by single incised lines. The upper edges of the metacarpal-plates and the knuckle-plate are decorated with small, close-set nicks accompanied by single incised lines, while the lower edges of the knuckle-plate and the first three finger-plates are decorated with close-set nicks alone. Secured within the fourth finger-plate, about halfway down it, by three externally-flush rivets and its rear connecting rivet is a leather band to which a lining-glove was originally attached.
The gauntlet shows small rust-perforations over the second finger of the first finger-plate, over the third knuckle of the knuckle-plate, and at several points at the rear inside of the cuff. The first metacarpal-plate is pierced with a modern wiring-hole just to the front of centre, and repaired with riveted internal patches at its outer ends.


History note: Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Down Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex.

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 13.7 cm
Height: 29.0 cm
Weight: 0.37 kg
Width: 14.3 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart


Mid-16th Century
Early 20th century
Circa 1925 CE - Production date: circa AD 1550 : about 1550; the cuff about 1925 in the style of about 1500


The cuff is formed of two pieces of metal roughly welded together in a medial line down the outside of the hand.

The gauntlet it bright with a medium to heavy patination, most severe on the cuff.

The style and workmanship of the cuff shows it to be an incorrect, modern restoration.

Probably English or Flemish

Components of the work

Band composed of leather

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammered : Formed of a flared cuff, two metacarpal plates, a knuckle-plate and four finger-plates; hammered, shaped, riveted, with fluted, incised and nicked decoration

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Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.142-1933
Primary reference Number: 18638
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 20 April 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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