Introducing our meticulously crafted Gauntlets, the ultimate hand and wrist protection for enthusiasts of historical combat and armor. These iconic gloves, made from hardened leather or metal plates, were the go-to choice for European combatants between the early 14th and 19th centuries.
The journey to the development of gauntlets began in the 11th century, when European soldiers and knights relied on chain mail for their protection. As armor designs evolved in the 12th century, chain mail shirts with longer, narrower sleeves replaced earlier styles, and many included chain mail mittens for added hand protection. However, these mittens were insufficient against crushing blows, prompting further innovation.
In the early 14th century, armorers began creating fully articulated plate armor, designed to shield the body from powerful impacts. This breakthrough led to the development of gauntlets, constructed from overlapping steel plates to provide superior protection for the hands. Gauntlets were available in both fingerless "mitten" and fully fingered "glove" styles, the latter offering improved dexterity while sacrificing some comfort in colder conditions.
Our Gauntlets are a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of historical armorers, providing you with authentic and durable hand protection. Whether you're a historical reenactor, a collector, or simply an enthusiast, these gauntlets offer an exceptional blend of form and function, embodying a rich legacy of combat and protection.