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Pair of Elbow Gauntlets (hand defenses)

Attributed to Lorenz Helmschmid, German (active Augsburg), c. 1445 - 1516

Made in Augsburg, Germany, Europe

c. 1485

Steel (right thumb defense missing); latten; leather

Weight: 2.1 lb. (970g)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 245, Arms and Armor, second floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977

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These gauntlets, the finest of their kind, exhibit all the hallmarks of the work of Lorenz Helmschmid, the most brilliant German armorer of the late fifteenth century. They are superbly forged and embossed with arrays of fine ridges. Articulated lames at the wrists facilitate the motions of the hand. The latten metacarpal plates and hinges are delicately file-decorated along the edges. Lastly, each cuff is adorned at the top with a tooled latten border comparable to the ones found on late Gothic armor bearing Helmschmid's armorer's mark.

No further elements of the armor to which these gauntlets belonged are known to survive.

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