PLATE VII

No. 1

HENRY VIII. GAUNTLET

RIGHT-HAND locking gauntlet of polished steel, slightly inlaid with gold and engraved. The views represent the mitten closed and open respectively. When closed, the weapon, held in the hand, could not be displaced, as the mitten part of the glove was fastened securely by a projecting rivet and hook. The ornamentation, by means of engraving and inlaying, is of a similar character to the embroidery to be found on the gloves of civilians.

This gauntlet belongs to a suit of armour worn by Henry VIII., and is in the Tower of London.

 

No. 2

STEEL MITTENS
SIXTEENTH CENTURY

TWO fine mitten gauntlets of the sixteenth century.

From drawings by the Author.

In the Tower of London.