A ladies' pair of long white kid leather fingerless mittens, grain side out, circa 1700 – 1715, of extremely long and narrow shape, of softest white kid, the knuckles adorned with three simple rows of vertical stitching, the pointed flaps worked with silver thread in long and short stitch with flower sprays, edged and lined in pale blue silk, 43 cm long. These were produced in ‘Connoisseur' vol.58, p.24, September 1920 as Mr Robert Spence's Collection. The embroidery is reminiscent of early 18th century embroidery found on samplers, the use of this wiry silver thread was popular. Part of the Collection donated to the Livery in 1959 by the late Robert Spence.
Conserved 1995 – 1999 with help from NHLF.