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Gauntlets: HEN.M.147-1933

Object information

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Production: Unknown




Pair of elbow gauntlets, for light field use. Each formed of an elbow-length, slightly flared, tubular cuff, five metacarpal-plates, a knuckle-plate, two finger-plates, and the main plate of a hinged thumb-defence. The cuff, which is slightly shaped to the point of the elbow, is formed of a medially-ridged outer plate, and a considerably shorter inner plate. The latter is riveted within the former. The upper edge of the cuff has a plain inward turn accompanied by a recessed border that projects downwards as a chevron medially. The upper edge is cut off obliquely to clear the inside of the elbow. The lower edge of the cuff is overlapped by five medially-ridged, upward overlapping metacarpal-plates of which the last is longer than the rest, and overlapped by the knuckle-plate. The knuckle-plate is decorated with a prominent transverse rib of boxed form. It overlaps two downward-overlapping finger-plates of which the second has a plain inward at its lower edge. Attached by an iron hinge to the front end of the metacarpal-plate is the main-plate of a thumb-defence. The latter is of medially-ridged, lozenge-shaped form with a truncated lower end. The main plate of the right thumb-defence is restored. Each gauntlet is fitted with a modern strap across the inside of the wrist and two straps across the palm of the hand. The strap across the wrist engages a single-ended, tongued iron buckle in the case of the left gauntlet, and a modern brass stud in the case of the right gauntlet. Each gauntlet has the remains of a leather suspension-loop riveted with the upper edge of its cuff.


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

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1600


German, possibly Saxon

The gauntlets are bright with a light patination overall.

Components of the work

Suspension-loop composed of leather ( both have remains)
Buckle composed of iron (metal) ( left gauntlet)
Stud composed of brass (alloy) ( right gauntlet, modern)
Hinge composed of iron (metal) ( thumb-defence)
Right Gauntlet Depth 11.9 cm Height 44 cm Weight 0.82 kg Width 11.5 cm
Left Gauntlet Depth 12.1 cm Height 44.3 cm Weight 0.73 kg Width 12 cm
Bright Bands
Cuff Border
Cuff, Outer Plate

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammered : Each formed of an elbow-length, slightly flared, tubular cuff, five metacarpal-plates, a knuckle-plate, two finger-plates, and the main plate of a hinged thumb-defence; hammered, shaped, riveted, with transversely-ribbed and recessed border decoration

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 89
  • Location: Inside of each cuff
  • Method of creation: Painted in red
  • Type: Number

Inscription present: on green tag

  • Text: 95/2
  • Location: Each gauntlet
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white tag

  • Text: PB/44a
  • Location: Left gauntlet
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white tag

  • Text: PB/44b
  • Location: Right gauntlet
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.147-1933
Primary reference Number: 18647
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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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