ARMOURED LEATHER GLOVE
A LEFT-HAND glove of coarse buff-coloured canvas, with plates of russet iron overlapping each other riveted on to strips of stout leather, which are stitched on to the glove itself. There are eight of these protecting plates on the back of the hand, and the same number on the under side, each plate terminating in a band which is engraved and gilded. From the tip of the middle linger to the end of the gauntlet the glove measures 10˝ inches. This is an unusual example of a sixteenth-century duelling glove. In the Tower of London.
SCALED LEATHER GLOVE
A STOUT buff leather glove for the right hand, having a gauntlet composed of overlapping leather scales, each a quarter of an inch thick, and fastened to a foundation by string, a small tuft of which appears on the surface of each scale. The gauntlet is split open at the outer side, and is drawn together by a lacing of string with metal “points.”
The glove, which measures 14 inches in length, came from the Bryn-y-Pys Collection, and is now in the Tower of London.
A CHAIN MAIL GLOVE
THIS interesting glove, for the left hand, is made of a whitish buff leather, which is entirely lined with fine riveted chain mail, within which is a lining of thin canvas to prevent the mail from chafing the hand of the wearer. Gloves of this kind were a cunning device of the glove-makers of the sixteenth century, and were used by duellers in what may be called the period of the dagger, when both rapier and dagger, or main gouche, were employed in conjunction with each other in the deadly duel. Captain A. Hutton, in his excellent book, The Sword and the Centuries, describes how, with the aid of a mail-lined glove, a weapon could be seized by its blade and wrenched from the hand of an opponent, even though the edges of the blade of his dagger might be furnished with sawlike teeth set backward like tiny barbs.
This glove came from the Bardini Collection, and is now in the possession of W. H. Fenton, Esqr.