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    Sale 5854

    Arms & Armour

    18 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 98

    A RARE PAIR OF MITTEN-GAUNTLETS FROM THE WILTON HOUSE ARMOURY OF THE EARLS OF PEMBROKE, ENGLISH OR FLEMISH

    CIRCA 1555

    Price Realised  

    A RARE PAIR OF MITTEN-GAUNTLETS FROM THE WILTON HOUSE ARMOURY OF THE EARLS OF PEMBROKE, ENGLISH OR FLEMISH
    CIRCA 1555
    With short boxed tubular cuffs flared at the base, each with two boxed metacarpal plates decorated with file nicks over the subsidiary edges, matching knuckle-plates, four finger plates fluted between the fingers, and scaled thumb defences issuant from the canted lower edges of the cuff
    8¾in (22.2cm)


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    Provenance: The armoury of the Earls of Pembroke at Wilton House, Wiltshire. Sotheby & Co, 23 June 1921 and 14 June 1923. Originally belonging to a series of black medium cavalry armours (demilance) at Wilton; these probably acquired to equip the retinue of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1501?-1570) as Captain of Calais (appointed 1556). The armours in question very likely worn by the Pembroke retinue at the Battle of St. Quentin in 1557. Forty-seven of those armours are recorded in the Wilton House Inventory taken in December 1558. Gauntlets from this series are in the Royal Armouries, Leeds.

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