Plate mittens from Milan
Gauntlets from Milan, the third quarter of the XVth century. Temple of Madonna delle Grazie, near Mantua. Gauntlets that appeared in early XVth century were very practical, due to the large plates they could withstand a direct sword stroke aimed at fingers. Some gauntlets were able to withstand even a direct hit on the thumb, because they offered protection consisting not of several plates, but one or two thick ones forming a "bridge" over the large plates at the gauntlet bending.