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Gloves

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1625 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather, with gauntlets of satin embroidered with silver-gilt and silk threads, trimmed with silver bobbin lace, spangles and ribbons

  • Museum number:

    907&A-1904

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Gloves served several purposes in early 17th-century England. Many were solely decorative, to display the wealth and status of their owner. They were worn in the hat or belt, as well as carried in the hand. Gloves were popular as gifts and were often given by a young gallant to his favourite mistress. In combat, a glove might be thrown down as a challenge.

Silver-gilt thread, coloured silks, silver bobbin lace, spangles (the 17th century term for sequins) and ribbons cover the densely embroidered satin gauntlets of these gloves, in patterns of birds, squirrels and flowers. Many of the designs that appear in Jacobean embroidery were copied from emblem books and botanical picture books, popular at the time.

Physical description

Embroidered in silk, silver-gilt and silver thread on satin, in long and short, and satin stitches, with couched work. On the six tabs are phoenixes and green birds resembling storks, with flowers. Below are two gold squirrels facing each other across a pink flower, with honeysuckle sprigs. There are fringes and trimming of gilt bobbin lace with spangles, and blue silk ribbon.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1600-1625 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Leather, with gauntlets of satin embroidered with silver-gilt and silk threads, trimmed with silver bobbin lace, spangles and ribbons

Dimensions

Length: 13.25 in, Width: 6.25 in

Descriptive line

A pair of gloves, 1600-25, English; Leather, silk gauntlet embroidered with silk & metal thread

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

John Lea Nevinson, Catalogue of English Domestic Embroidery of the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries, Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Textiles, London: HMSO, 1938, p.93

Subjects depicted

Birds; Flowers; Squirrel

Categories

Accessories; Embroidery; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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