Gauntlets with metal plates were first mentioned in the last decade of the XIII century. Before this, 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 was similar to the way a coat of plates was made. Steel plates were fixed upon durable fabric or leather and were often placed between two layers of cloth. In approximately 1340, steel plates on this type of gloves became larger, but smaller in quantity. Brigandine type gauntlets were found in the Visby site in Gotland, Sweden. They have a large knuckle shaped plate and smaller narrow plates. Finger scales overlap each other and the cuff is made with linear steel bands.
The most common shape of steel gauntlets — called “hourglass” — appeared in the second half of the XIV century and displaced other types of medieval hand protection. Some good examples of the hourglass gauntlets are preserved in the armor collection of Churburg Castle in Italy. Another pair belonging to Edward of Woodstock, called the Black Prince, is represented in Canterbury Cathedral, United Kingdom.
Our Brigandine Gauntlets are made to satisfy both historical aesthetics and the protective needs of modern fighters. The knuckles consist of two parts and all steel elements are riveted to the base material. The cuffs are composed of eight steel bands attached by four rivets each. These bands have a slightly triangular shape to provide a tight fit at the wrist. Thanks to this design, the external edge of the cuff is wider. Each Brigandine Gauntlet is equipped with two leather straps which can be used to regulate the width of cuffs to best fit with your vambraces. Each Brigandine Gauntlet has a sewn leather glove inside. This hand protection can be used in historical medieval combat and you can complete it with armor parts that are made in the same style, such as :