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Parrying Gauntlet

A work made of steel, iron, linen textile, and leather.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, iron, linen textile, and leather.





About this artwork

In rapier combat, various techniques called for left-handed daggers, shields, or bucklers to parry (ward off) or bind an opponent’s blade. Another such device that became popular among fencing masters and duelists was the fencing gauntlet.

Unlike gauntlets used in field armor, fencing gauntlets featured palms that were covered in fine mail, a mesh of steel rings that permitted the wearer to push aside or grab his attacker’s sword blade. Dents and cuts on the cuff of this example indicate that it was indeed used.


On View, Gallery 239


Applied Arts of Europe


Parrying Gauntlet


Italy (Object made in)

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Made 1550–1590


Steel, iron, linen textile, and leather


H.: 44.5 cm (17 1/2 in.)

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George F. Harding Collection

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