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Glove tab

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1610-1630 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered satin with silver-gilt thread and silk threads

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Agnus A. Hepburn and Mrs Margaret Owen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A single tab from the gauntlet of an early 17th-century glove illustrates how the embroidery for this type of accessory was carried out. The silver-gilt threads are couched onto the satin – that is, laid on the surface and secured with stitches in very fine silk. The coloured silk threads are worked through the satin ground.

A range of popular flowers such as roses, borage and cornflower, with strawberries and ears of wheat are typical motifs in early 17th-century embroidery in Britain. These are arranged in a geometric setting outlined in the silver-gilt thread, a pattern characteristic of Renaissance strapwork.

Physical description

A white satin single round-ended tab from a glove gauntlet. Satin finely embroidered with silver and silver-gilt thread, strip, coil and purl and with floss silks in shades of red, pink, green, cream, blue, mauve and a little black: long and short, satin, stem and brick stitches with French knots, laid and couched and padded work: spangles in a floral and geometric pattern. The back of embroidery has been gummed; this and the quality of the work suggest that it is professional work. A formal, symmetrical strap-work structure supports a floral design: the flowers increase in size from the bottom upwards-borage, strawberry, cornflower, wheat-ears and a single rose.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1610-1630 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered satin with silver-gilt thread and silk threads


Length: 10.9 cm approx., Width: 3.6 cm approx., Length: 4.25 in, Width: 1.375 in

Descriptive line

Embroidered satin glove tab, England, 1610-1630


Silk satin; Silk thread; Silver-gilt thread


Hand embroidery

Subjects depicted

Roses; Cornflower; Wheat; Borage; Strawberries


Fashion; Accessories; Embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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