A men's pair of embroidered gauntlet gloves, circa 1625 – 35, with separately worked stepped gauntlets which reach from the elbow to the hand, the buff leather glove plain below, the elaborate raised-work gauntlet with central motif of the pelican in her piety worked in seed pearls and gold purl against a couched gold thread ground, the gauntlet of white satin embroidered overall in raised and couched metal threads in raised brick stitch, with elaborate seed pearl and purl wire kylins, serpents, unusual mitre shaped pockets to the corners, lined in salmon pink silk and with three silk ribbon bands to the sides, the whole edged and trimmed with scalloped bobbin lace threaded with sequins, seed pearls and spangles in bird motifs, mitre shaped pocket, 39 cm long. The lavishness of these gloves suggests that they were intended as a gift for a high ranking person, or were a betrothal gift.

Part of the Collection donated to the Livery in 1959 by the late Robert Spence. Conserved 1995 – 1999 with help from the NHLF.

Accession No: 23463+A
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