The Prince and the Plunder

A book on how Britain took one boy and piles of treasures from Ethiopia

A silver and silver gilt gauntlet

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: A silver and gilded silver gauntlet, said to have belonged to Emperor Tewodros

Where: The Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

The catalogue entry has three images and reads: “This arm defence was looted a British colonel after British troops stormed the Fortress of Magdala (Maqdala), Ethiopia, on 13 April 1868 to rescue foreign hostages held by the Emperor Tewodros. A note in the Museum register records that the object was ‘stated by the vendor to have been taken at the siege of Magdala, 1868, by Col. Macnaghten, Bombay Cavalry and to have been the property of King Theodore’. The V&A bought the armlet in 1922, for £12, from Mrs Louisa Macnaghten.”

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