Not currently on display at the V&A

Pair of Toy Gloves

ca. 1670 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Pair of gloves made as a needlework exercise. Each glove is made as a single piece rather than front and back joined. They are constructed from finely plaited silk and metal thread braid sewn edge to edge and then embroidered. This creates the effect of a cream glove with decorative details on the back outlined in twined pink and silver thread, and the same pink and silver forming a cuff widening out and edged with loops and a bow. The reverse of each is plain as if the palm of the glove.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Toy
  • Toy
Materials and Techniques
Plaited silk and metal thread sewn and embroidered
Brief Description
Pair of toy gloves of plaited silk and metal thread sewn and embroidered, made by Martha Edlin, England, ca. 1670
Physical Description
Pair of gloves made as a needlework exercise. Each glove is made as a single piece rather than front and back joined. They are constructed from finely plaited silk and metal thread braid sewn edge to edge and then embroidered. This creates the effect of a cream glove with decorative details on the back outlined in twined pink and silver thread, and the same pink and silver forming a cuff widening out and edged with loops and a bow. The reverse of each is plain as if the palm of the glove.
Dimensions
  • Length: 5.7cm
  • Width: 2.8cm
each glove the same size
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Art Fund
Object history
Purchased. Registered File number 1989/1572.

Associated with objects made by Martha Edlin.

Passed down through the female line (usually the eldest daughter in each generation) from the maker to the vendor.

Previously on loan to the V&A since 1927. Part of Lady Gerahty Loan and Lewis Loan. Related papers include NF for Lady Gerahty, NF for Gillian Lewis, 86/713, 89/1572.
Production
From Martha Edlin's casket
Collection
Accession Number
T.450&A-1990

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record createdJanuary 22, 1999
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