Here is another of the requests I got from my gauntlet post. I have to say, that post got quite a few likes, yet only a few people spoke up. Maybe because people take art that they see on face value, or maybe some of you are just happy for me to present the art that is inspiring me at that moment in time. Regardless, this request came from Joem18b, and he was wondering where the closest place for him to see a real gauntlet was. He is based in Edmonton in Canada, so for little ol’ English me, this was a bit of a challenge.
I did what any intrigued person would do in this situation and turned to google as my first port of call. What I found was a lot of talk about amour from the Second World War in Canada, and a lot of places selling replica armour for LARPing (live action role play). Obviously this is not what I was looking for.
If you’re not sure what a gauntlet is, it is “a strong glove with a long loose wrist”. Predominately used in the 14th to 18th centuries to protect the arms of those in battle. Obviously in times when swords and axes were being welded about, hands and wrists are pretty open to attack.
Turning up no viable search results, I obviously had to start looking a bit further afield.
As it turns out, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has an Arms and Armour display. Here you can find collections of armour through the ages.
The museum says “The strength of the department’s collection lies in its diversity, depth and quality” and it boasts having displays from Europe, America and Asia.
Here is where you will be able to find gauntlets aplenty.
So you may be wondering, just how fair will Joem18b have to travel to see this…
This would be a 3913KM trip – approx a 38 hour drive, a 33 day walk or a 9 day cycle (I would imagine if you go nonstop).
Sadly this means (maybe not to sadly) that a holiday would be in order, to check out this impressive display of armour that the museum holds.
Do you know of somewhere nearer that I may have missed? Have you been to this exhibit? Like this post? Why not share it?