Gauntlets with metal plates were mentioned first in the last decade of the XIII century. Before it, gloves were made of leather soaked in wax and were reinforced by iron, steel or brass plates. The construction of brigandine gauntlets of this period were similar to the way the coat of plates was made. Steel plates were fixed upon the durable fabric or leather. Also they were placed between two layers of cloth. Approximately since 1340 years steel plates on such gloves have become larger. But at the same time their quantity gets smaller. Brigandine type gauntlet was found in the Visby bury in Gotland, Sweden. It has a large knuckle shaped plate and smaller narrow plates. Finger scales overlapped each other. The cuff is made with steel linear bands.
The most common shape of the steel gauntlets called “hourglass” appeared in the second half of the XIV century. It displaced the rest types of medieval hand protection. Some good examples of the hourglass gauntlets are preserved in the armor collection of the Churburg castle in Italy. Another pair belonging to the Edward of Woodstock, called the Black Prince, is represented in the Canterbury Cathedral, United Kingdom.
Our Brigandine Gauntlets are made to satisfy both: the esthetic historical look and high protective qualities. Knuckles consist of two parts. All steel elements are riveted to the base material. Cuffs composed of eight steel bands attached by four rivets each. These bands have slightly triangular shape to provide tight fit at the wrist. Thanks to such design the external edge of the cuff is wider. Each Brigandine Gauntlet is equipped with two leather straps. You can regulate the width of cuffs for the best fitting with vambraces of your arm harness. Each Brigandine Gauntlet has a sewn leather glove inside. This hand protection can be used in historical medieval combat. You can complete it with armor parts that are made in the same style: