Gauntlets: Major Henry Venn King, Queensland Mounted Infantry

Place Oceania: Australia, Queensland
Accession Number RELAWM15736
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Leather
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1890-1904
Conflict Australian Colonial Forces, 1854-1900

Pair unlined, brown leather riding gauntlets. Hand section is made from soft leather with fourchettes and quirks between fingers. Three horizontal rows of tucks, or pointing, at the back of the glove. The gauntlet cuff, reaching almost to elbow, is of 4mm thick rigid blocked leather joined with a single seam at the outer edge. There is also a small rounded vent opening at the top of the cuff outer edge.

History / Summary

Worn by Major Henry Venn King, Queensland Mounted Infantry. King was born in 1842 and as a captain in the Mounted Infantry, was sent to Charleville and Cunnamulla during the 1891 shearer's strike. He was promoted to major in 1894 and in 1897 led the Queensland contingent to England for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. King was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1899. In 1903 he commanded the 14th Australian Light Horse for a short period and in 1904, the 5th Light Horse Brigade as colonel. After a period on the retired list he was appointed as Honorary Colonel of the 3rd Light Horse in 1913. At the age of 73 he was officer commanding the 2nd Remount Unit in Egypt from 1915 to 1916. He retired in 1921 and died in Toowoomba in 1929.