An unusual ladies elbow-length gauntlet glove, the embroidered gauntlet circa 1600 – 1620 of white stained grey leather doeskin flesh side up, the separately applied linen gauntlet worked in buttonhole stitch with vividly coloured carnations and leaves, couched silk and gold threads form bunches of grapes, plaits of gold thread form linking tendrils, 39cm long.
The gauntlet is of a type of English domestic embroidery found as cuffs on women's jackets and bodices – see the V & A collection – Margaret Laton's bodice. The gauntlet could have been made in this form or could have been added to a long glove in the later 17th Century when long gloves were more popular.
Part of the Collection donated to the Livery in 1959 by the late Robert Spence. Conserved 1995 – 1999 with help from the NHLF.