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Gauntlet (glove)

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A gauntlet is a type of glove that protects the hand and wrist of a combatant. Gauntlets were used particularly in Europe between the early fourteenth century and the early modern period and were often constructed of hardened leather or metal plates.

Almain rivet gauntlets of Emperor Maximilian I, c. 1514. Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches Museum), Vienna
Pair of gauntlets, Germany, late 16th century
Gauntlets, about 1614. V&A Museum no. 1386&A-1888

Gauntlets, which cover the hands, wrists, and sometimes forearms, are not to be confused with bracers, which cover the wrists and forearms but not the hands; bracers are common in medieval and fantasy cosplay.