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Gauntlet: HEN.M.145-1933

Object information

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Production: Unknown




Gauntlet, for the right hand, of fingered form, for field use. Formed of a fairly short, flared, tubular cuff, a wrist-plate, five metacarpal-plates, a knuckle-plate, four scaled finger-defences and a scaled thumb-defence. The cuff is formed of an obtusely-pointed, medially-ridged outer plate and a considerably shorter inner plate. The latter is riveted within the former. The lower end of the knuckle-plate is shaped between the fingers. Attached by a leather hinge to the front end of the fifth metacarpal-plate is a thumb-defence formed of a medially-ridged, lozenge-shaped main plate four further scales, matching the finger-scales. The rounded ends of the final finger and thumb-scales are decorated with incised chevrons representing fingernails. The main edges of the cuff are decorated with plain inward turns.
The gauntlet has a 'black from the hammer' finish which has been polished away around the upper border of the cuff and in a medial band extending down the cuff to the bottom of the fifth metacarpal-plate, probably to make it match a black and white armour with which it was later associated. Probably part of the same composite armour as HEN.M.138-1933, HEN.M.139-1933 and HEN.M.144-1933.


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

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 14.6 cm
Height: 34.5 cm
Weight: 0.6 kg
Width: 15.9 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


Early 17th Century
Circa 1610 CE - 1620 CE


South German

The bright bands show a medium to heavy patination. The intervening blackened areas have been refreshed with black paint.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of paint ( black)
Hinge composed of leather
Bright Bands
Cuff, Outer Plate

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammered : Formed of a fairly short, flared, tubular cuff, a wrist-plate, five metacarpal-plates, a knuckle-plate, four scaled finger-defences and a scaled thumb-defence; hammered, shaped, riveted, with incised decoration on a bright and blackened ground in the 'black and white' fashion

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: PB/41
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.145-1933
Primary reference Number: 18644
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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