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Pair of Gloves

1880-1900 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

By the end of the 19th century, wearing of gloves indoors was declining except for evening dress where they were required accessories. In the 1880s and 1890s, these grew longer, extending over the elbow to the upper arm. The combination of a kid leather hand with a silk net or mesh arm became a popular style. They were cheaper than full leather gloves, easier to pull on and allowed a greater variety of colour and decoration.

These gloves have a standard kid hand which has been sewn to an arm of silk net. The net is appliquéd with silk satin and thread in a design of butterflies. At the top of each arm a silk ribbon is threaded through a series of eyelets in the net.


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

  • Glove
  • Glove
Materials and Techniques
Kid leather, silk net, glass, silk ribbon, appliqued and machine-sewn
Brief Description
Pair of gloves of kid leather, silk net and silk ribbon, France, 1880-1900
Physical Description
Pair of women's long evening gloves with a white kid leather hand and white silk net arm. The net is appliqued in white silk and silk thread in a design of butterflies. A white silk ribbon is threaded through eyelets at the top of each glove. Buttoned on the inside of the hand by three glass buttons.
Marks and Inscriptions
'Medaille d'or 85611 / Merlier B20Z / Déposé 476' (Stamped inside the left hand glove)
Credit line
Given by Mrs K. Henton
Summary
By the end of the 19th century, wearing of gloves indoors was declining except for evening dress where they were required accessories. In the 1880s and 1890s, these grew longer, extending over the elbow to the upper arm. The combination of a kid leather hand with a silk net or mesh arm became a popular style. They were cheaper than full leather gloves, easier to pull on and allowed a greater variety of colour and decoration.



These gloves have a standard kid hand which has been sewn to an arm of silk net. The net is appliquéd with silk satin and thread in a design of butterflies. At the top of each arm a silk ribbon is threaded through a series of eyelets in the net.
Collection
Accession Number
T.53&A-1965

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record createdMay 22, 2007
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