Elephant armour oven glove
Make burnt fingers and wrists a thing of the past and arm yourself with our fantastic elephant armour oven gloves. Perfect for taking trays out of the oven and carrying hot plates to the table, our nifty oven gloves will make an invaluable addition to your kitchen. Use a piece of history with pride.
Exclusive to the Royal Armouries.
This pair of elephant armour oven gloves features printed details from the Armoured Elephant on display at Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.
The elephant armour (bargustavan-i-pil) dates back to around 1600 and was brought from India by Lady Clive, wife of Edward, 2nd Lord Clive (Governor of Madras), to England in 1801. It is said to be the largest animal armor found on display in any museum. Now-endangered, Asian elephants were first used on the battlefield in India, and famously in the 326 BC Battle of the Hydaspes between Alexander the Great and India’s King Porus in modern-day Pakistan.
There were many military purposes for which elephants could be used. In battle, war elephants were usually deployed in the centre of the line, where they could be useful to prevent a charge or to conduct one of their own. Their sheer size and their terrifying appearance made them valued heavy cavalry. Off the battlefield, they could carry heavy materiel and provided a useful means of transport before mechanized vehicles rendered them mostly obsolete.
Materials: 100% cotton with woven straps
Dimensions: 82cm by 18cm approx.
Made in the UK
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