A pair of short gauntlet gloves, probably circa 1650 – 70 of white kid dyed brown, suede side up, with separately worked stepped gauntlets worked on linen with large three-dimensional stylised leaf forms in raised silver strip using brick stitch, long and short stitch over a padded or ‘stump' core, corrugated gold strip edges, couched gold thread, large gold sequins with broad gold bobbin lace edging in silver and gold with designs including shamrock, pomegranate, the gloves with finely overstitched finger seams which continue from the fingers to form delicate lines of pointing, elongated fingers, 32 cm long.
See ‘Royal and Historic Gloves and Shoes by W.B.Redfern, published by Methuen, 1904, p.56. They are described as being part of the collection of W. Cole Plowright and dated to the 17th century. However, the dating in this book is not particularly accurate.
These gloves together with 23384, 23385, 23386, 23394 all fall in the same group stylistically with plain, short, brown coloured hand sections and short but lavishly embroidered gauntlets in gold and silver, large sequins, good bobbin lace, worked on crude linen with rather fine satin and separately applied. The elaborate, dense style of embroidery is synonymous with embroidery found in the first half of the seventeenth century whereas the shorter length suggests a transitional change leading to the wrist-length gloves of the late 17th-early 18th century. These gloves were probably made between 1650 and 1670.
Part of the Collection donated to the Livery in 1959 by the late Robert Spence. Conserved 1995 – 1999 with help from the NHLF.