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Gauntlet: HEN.M.149-1933

Object information

Awaiting location update

Maker(s)

Possibly Unknown

Description

Gauntlet, for duelling, of fingered form, for the left hand. Formed of a moderately long, tubular cuff, two downward-overlapping wrist-plates, five upward-overlapping metacarpal-plates, a shaped knuckle-plate, four scaled finger-defences and a hinged, scaled thumb defence. The cuff is closed at the inside by an overlapped and riveted join. Its damaged straight upper edge has a plain inward turn bordered by small stitching-holes. The cuff, the wrist-plates and the metacarpal-plates are connected to one another at each side by sliding-rivets. The finger-scales overlap upwards whereas the thumb-scales overlap downwards. The second wrist-plate, which is repaired with a riveted internal patch at either end, is decorated with file-roped transverse rib.
The cuff is decorated at its upper edge with four incised lines, but is undecorated at its lower edge, suggesting that it may be associated with the remainder of the gauntlet which is decorated with triple incised lines. The poorer condition of the cuff relative to the rest of the gauntlet tends to support this suggestion. Some of the finger-scales are decorated with single incised lines, whereas most of the finger-scales and thumb-scales are undecorated suggesting that they are largely associated or restored. Some are certainly restored.

Notes

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: 9.5 cm
Height: 33.5 cm
Weight: 0.37 kg
Width: 10.0 cm

Relative size of this object

10 cm33.5 cm9.5 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Early 17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1610

Note

North Italian

The gauntlet has a blackened finish that is now partly rubbed and oxidised to a russet colour.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of paint ( black) Ground Parts Second Wrist-plate Thumb-defence

Materials used in production

Steel

Techniques used in production

Hammered : Formed of a moderately long, tubular cuff, two downward-overlapping wrist-plates, five upward-overlapping metacarpal-plates, a shaped knuckle-plate, four scaled finger-defences and a hinged, scaled thumb defence; hammered, shaped, riveted, with incised decoration and a transversly-ribbed second wrist-plate with file-roping
Formed

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: PB/52
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.149-1933
Primary reference Number: 18649
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 February 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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