Guanti brigantini e muffole

Riguardo Guanti brigantini e muffole

This section contains different types of brigandine mittens and gauntlets, which were used in Europe in the Middle Ages.

All models are handcrafted and made-to-measure. Every item is made according to the original armour, which was founded during archaeological excavations.

You need to do few simple steps to become an owner of such medieval defense:

  1. Open the item, which you wish;
  2. Choose type and thickness of metal (cold-rolled steel, stainless steel or titanium);
  3. Define metal for rivets and buckles (steel or brass);
  4. Select colour of leather.

If you have some difficulties with order, please contact our manager. We will help you to define your size, required model and its complement.

Once all options have chosen, you need to add item to the cart and make a payment. After that, manager will contact you with measurement request and specification of order’s details.

All samples of brigandine mittens and gauntlets are perfect for participation in the tournaments of medieval fencing, historical festivals, bohurts and reenactment events. Depending on the complement, such defense is compliant to the standards and rules of such social movements, as SCA (The Society for Creative Anachronism), HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts), HMB (Historical medieval battles).

If you did not find required element of armour in this section, we can make it individually for you. Just send picture with detailed description to [email protected], then we will quote you and discuss details of order.

First mentions of gauntlets with plates refer to the second part of the XIII century. We could get an idea of such defense from description in the military chronicles and sepulchral figures (for example, gravestone of Robert De Blois, Norfolk, Great Britain).

However, surviving samples from excavations near Visby (Sweden) give us the fullest idea of brigandine hand protection. In the 1361 year, there was gory battle between the Swedes and the Danes. These times, brigandine armour was widely used by almost all European knights. So, it is not surprising, that large quantity of gauntlets was founded in the mass grave. 

Three of more than 18 founded samples remained in perfect condition. Design of gauntlets represented metal plates, which were attached to the smooth base (most likely, leather base). Sample #1 has short wristband, one large plate for palm protection and narrow straps over the phalanges. Gauntlet #2 does not have a wristband (probably, it hasn’t’ been preserved).

Besides, small plates of this gauntlet had being attached under the base, and big wrist and knuckle plates were attached over it. At the same time, sample #3 has long widen wristband consisted of 17 thin plates and which is fixed with two belts on the wrist. Total amount of details in this gauntlet was about hundred.

Inference should be drawn that design of brigandine gauntlets of the XIII-XIV centuries varied. There were also specific armour for usage with particular types of weapon. For example, brigandine mitten for buckler (small fist shield with side hold).

Big plate of such mitten covered back of hand. Fingers were completely enshielded. Wrist and lower part of hand were protected with large flared wristband. It was made of thick leather, to which crafters riveted metal plates.

Read about evolution of hands’ protection in our article.

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Visby brigandine gloves
Rick B
Visby brigandine gloves

I received my pair a little while ago, and have been trying them out during practice over the last few weeks. They fit my hands very well and provide my hands/fingers/wrists great mobility, while still being properly protective.

Brigandine gauntlets - mid 14th century
Brigandine gauntlets - mid 14th century

Made to my custom measurements and requests already more comfortable than my other HEMA gloves to be honest, the price is reasonable as well although, keep in mind, if your package has to go through customs, you might have to pay almost as much as the original price for it, not that these guys can do anything about it of course, just something to keep in mind. I'll report back after using them a while.

Visby brigandine gloves
Visby brigandine gloves

A class of their own! Fitting perfectly to my hands and staying snuggly on, they have great mobility for my fingers and wrist. If that wasn't enough, they catch the eye of everyone who takes a look at my armor set, becoming the first thing that everyone wants to see!

Visby brigandine gauntlets
Ewan Ferguson
Visby brigandine gauntlets

fits great, looks even better. they are very, very close to the original gauntlets, so they're great for reenactment. the fit is good, i can sign my name in them, and they are comfortable enough. as with any gauntlet, wearing them will take a lot of getting used to, but it's worth it. the straps that hold the cuff closed can be used to attach the gauntlets to your belt when not in use, which is surprisingly useful. finally, the only problems i've found are that when they arrived the leather was slightly stiff, which was fixed simply by wearing them until they formed to my hands, and that the lining glove is a little bit too short, and can get in the way occasionally. it should also be noted that this style of cuff limits wrist mobility, so if that worries you, then you may want to ask for a different style of cuff, but that is not really a problem, it's simply a fact about Visby gauntlets that one should consider before ordering. overall, i'd give them a 4.8 out of 5, almost perfect