The locking gauntlet from a suit of armor belonging to the Vicomte de Turenne, and made around 1527 in England, where the Vicomte served as French Ambassador to the English crown. The suit would have been worn for tournaments, and the locking gauntlet served to secure the sword to the hand of the wielder, preventing him from being disarmed.
Portions of a Ceremonial ArmorDate: ca. 1575–80Culture: FrenchMedium: Steel, embossed, with traces of gildingDimensions: Weight, 17 lb. 7 oz. (7910 g)Classification: Armor for Man-1/2 ArmorCredit Line: Armor: Gift of Alan Rutherfurd Stuyvesant, 1950 Mail Sleeves: Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928source: Metropolitan Museum, NY (Permalink)