A pair of lavishly embroidered gloves, circa 1600 – 1620, of white kid, suede side up, with separately embroidered and applied angular gauntlets, the linen ground worked in fine tent stitch with raised detached button hole stitch foxgloves, strawberries, peas and pods, grapes, honeysuckle, rose, lilies and outlined in couched gold wire or spotted with purl wire bugles, the ground entirely covered in silver brick-stitch, one of the pair edged in elaborate gold bobbin lace threaded with sequins, the elongated fingers and thumb defined by double rows of chain stitched silver-gilt wire, two salmon pink gussets to one glove. 34 cm long. The embroidery on these gloves is very similar to that on the Devereux bodice now in the Kyoto institute collection which is dated as 1600, and was originally worn by Francis Walsingham. See ‘The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute' published by Taschen pp.16,17. See front cover of ‘Gloves' by Valerie Cumming published by Batsford.
Part of the Collection donated to the Livery in 1959 by the late Robert Spence. Conserved 1995 – 1999 with help from the NHLF.