An unusual pair of dark brown/aubergine ladies mittens. Probably English, late 17th century, of sheepskin leather, flesh side out, lined with remains of sheep fleece, with crudely stitched side seams, pointed finger guards, the finger slits below edged in white leather, the uppers applied with raised silver thread scrolling motifs, worked over parchment mounts. These are rare as they represent a form of comfortable non formal domestic mitten which so rarely survives.
Part of the Collection donated to the Livery in 1959 by the late Robert Spence. Conserved 1995 – 1999 with help from the NHLF.