Hand and Forearm Protection
|Hand and Forearm Protection|
Integral to the mail shirt
Worn as separate gauntlets
Leather gloves and gauntlets
See Gloves & Mittens
Mail attached to leather gloves
A leather glove or mitten with a section of mail attached to give greater protection.
There is no evidence that this was ever done. It is unlikely that warriors of the Viking age would have used this kind of protection.
Splinted forearm protection
Strips of iron attached to a leather or cloth layer worn around the forearms to cover the areas not protected by a mail shirt. Also known as ‘vambraces’.
- Sweden, found in a C7th Valsgarde grave [STEPHENSON 2007]:p.89.
Separate plates of metal worn on the arms, legs and body.
Metal plate armour does not seem to have been used in post-Roman Britain and was not a part of North-West European tradition. It is first mentioned in English texts from the C13th [CAMERON 2000]:p.26.