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Pair of gloves

Pair of gloves

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1887 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    C. Courvoisier (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edward Nugée QC

  • Museum number:

    T.15:1, 2-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Gloves were expected to be worn day and evening in Victorian England. This pair of short gloves in white kidskin are of a typical style, with a simple stud button at the wrist. They are reputed to have been worn by a bride in the 19th century. This pair of French gloves is stamped on the inside with the maker's name, C. Courvoisier.

The kid leather of these gloves remains in good condition, clean and white, although crumpled from years of compression in storage. However, the stitching along many of the seams has burst. Gloves of the late 19th century were often worn extremely tight, with glove-stretchers used to stretch the leather enough to enable the hands to be slipped inside. This tightness put great stress on the stitching of the gloves, and there are contemporary reports of gloves splitting and tearing in wear.

Physical description

Short white kidskin gloves.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1887 (made)


C. Courvoisier (makers)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Script signature inside each glove


Length: 22 cm

Object history note

Donor states that all items he donated are associated with the wedding of Elizabeth Wroughton Richards to the Reverend Andrew Nugee on 8th August 1854, but these gloves are much more likely to be connected to the couple's son, Francis Edward Nugée's (1855-1930) wedding in 1887, when he married Edith Isabel Alston (1859-1958)

Descriptive line

Pair of short white kidskin gloves with simple stud button at the wrist, made by C. Courvoisier, France, ca. 1887




Accessories; Marriage


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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