A pair of gloves circa 1610 – 30, of white kid dyed buff, suede side up, the separately worked and applied crimson satin gauntlets each with six tabs worked with plants sprouting blooms, fruit or with perching birds, in polychrome floss silks in split stitch, couched metal threads, sequinned spangles, the gloves with very elongated fingers, finely overstitched. It is possible that the gauntlets have been remounted onto these gloves. See ‘Royal and Historic Gloves and Shoes by W. B. Redfern, p 42 where these gloves are illustrated and described as ‘The Gloves of the Lord Protector', Oliver Cromwell. The use of rich coloured satin and embroidery silks seems somewhat at odds with Oliver Cromwell's protestant ethics and puritan style of dress. The early 17th Century date, whimsical design and lavish materials rather contradicts Mr. Redfern's assertion that these belonged to Oliver Cromwell.
Part of the Collection donated to the Livery in 1959 by the late Robert Spence. Conserved 1995 – 1999 with the help of the NHLF.