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In the 14th century the European aristocracy wore leather gauntlets as a part of their falconry kit. During this same period, armorers attached small metal plates to gauntlets to improve protection for a knight’s suit of amour. In later centuries, military officers, especially mounted commanders, wore leather gauntlets. French military officials brought gauntlets to North America in the 17th century, and by the 1850s, the U.S. cavalry had adopted the style. Native Americans living in the Plains and Plateau regions started to wear gauntlets in the later 19th century as a part of their formal equestrian dress.
length 11 in ; width 7.25 in