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Pair of toy gloves
  • Pair of toy gloves
    Edlin, Martha, born 1660 - died 1725
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Pair of toy gloves

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1670 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Edlin, Martha, born 1660 - died 1725 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaited silk and metal thread sewn and embroidered

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1670 (made)


Edlin, Martha, born 1660 - died 1725 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaited silk and metal thread sewn and embroidered


length: 5.7 cm, width: 2.8 cm

Object history note

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.

Descriptive line

Pair of toy gloves of plaited silk and metal thread sewn and embroidered, made by Martha Edlin, England, ca. 1670

Production Note

From Martha Edlin's casket


Silk thread; Silver thread




Embroidery; Clothing; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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