Ann Weeth didn't mean to throw down the gauntlet. It just fell from the back of her truck.
Now she can't find it -- or her helmet, or the rest of her suit of armor.
Weeth, 28, is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, which celebrates and recreates medieval customs -- including one-on-one armored combat.
She went to the club's fight practice Tuesday night at South Park, then loaded her armor into a purple, plastic tub and put it in the back of her pickup to head home.
"I was in a hurry," she said. "Apparently I did not shut the back of my truck properly."
Somewhere between the park and the post office at Seventh and Vermont streets, the pickup's gate fell open and the tub of armor fell out.
It was gone by the time Weeth noticed.
"I immediately turned around and retraced my steps," she said.
After several retracings, though, Weeth found no sign of the armor.
"I imagine it fell in the middle of the road and somebody stopped and moved it or picked it up," she said.
"It's heavy -- 40 to 50 pounds. I can't imagine it was easy to lift."
Among the missing items: Her helmet, two sets of gauntlets, armor for the elbows and knees, a leather gorget (a protective neckpiece) and a leather half-gauntlet. With the tub, the goods are valued at $790.
And that's on the cheap side, she said. Most of the armor was custom-made by friends who gave her a discount. A new helmet alone would cost more than $300.
That's why she spent Thursday filling out a police report, taking out a classified ad and putting up posters asking for the return of the armor.
"I'm willing to pay to have it back," she said. "It would cost a lot of money to replace it."
Somebody, she is sure, knows what happened to her hard suit.
"There can't be that many sets of armor floating around," she said.