The gauntlet is an armoured glove, part of a knights attire and when used as a device on the shield it should be stated which hand it is for. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Gauntlet They are quite a complex device visually, with distinct panels and rivets visible. Wade tells us, probably with good reason that it represents “a man armed for performance of a martial enterprise”. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P93