Harborow Collection

At the coronations of the British monarchy, the Sovereign’s right hand glove is removed and the coronation ring is put on. For some 150 years, the coronation gloves have been produced by Messrs Harborow of London. A duplicate glove was always made in case of accident to the original and in 1972, Messrs Harborow presented these to the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London. In 1953, the Glovers Company was itself granted the privilege of producing the glove for HM Queen Elizabeth II. 

Queen Victoria’s coronation glove reputed to have been worn by her in 1838, of white kid leather, grain side out, three quarter length, the gauntlet edged and lined in deep purple satin and gold scallop-patterned bobbin lace threaded with large sequins, tasselled trim to the side slit at the top, the upper hand applied with embroidered blue and red badge bearing the motto Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense, below red velvet Queenly crown, 35 cm long. (RHG King suggests that the glove was machine sewn and made in 1870 – 1876 and was not the actual glove used at the coronation). 
Conserved 1995 – 1999 with help from NHLF. 

Accession No. 25744

A duplicate of the coronation glove worn by King Edward VII, 9th August 1902 of white kid leather, grain side up, lined with crimson satin, the separately worked gauntlet in raised gold purl threads, couched twisted purl threads and sequins with acanthus leaves, vines and stylised lilies, with raised-work coat of arms in red,white and blue silks with gold purl edging and red velvet kingly crown, 37 cm long. 
Conserved 1995 – 1999 with help from NHLF. 

Accession No. 25745

A duplicate coronation glove of that worn by Queen Alexandra, 9th August 1902, the long glove of white kid, grain side up, lined in ivory silk, the laced side with deep purple velvet gusset, wrist opening with three mother of pearl buttons and mousquetaire buttonhole openings, the opening embroidered in raised gold purl wire and couched gold threads with delicate scrolling flower-heads and foliage, the upper hand bearing AR cipher below raised-work gold and silk thread kingly crown, 48 cm long. Conserved 1995 – 1999 with help from NHLF.

Accession No. 25746

A duplicate of the coronation glove worn by King George V, 22nd June 1911, of white kid leather, grain side out, lined with crimson satin, the separately worked gauntlet worked in raised gold purl threads, metal strip and sequins with roses, shamrocks, thistles and acorns, the main glove with raised-work coat of arms in red, white and blue silks with gold purl edging, and red velvet kingly crown, 36 cm long. 
Conserved 1995 – 1999 with help from NHLF.

 
Accession No. 25747

A duplicate of the coronation glove worn by King George VI on 12th May 1937, of white kid leather, grain side out, lined with crimson satin, the separately embroidered gauntlet entirely covered in raised gold purl embroidery, sequins with roses, acorns, thistles and shamrocks, the upper hand applied with Royal badge in red, blue and white silks, embroidered in black silks and purl wire below velvet kingly crown, 39 cm long.
Conservation 1995 – 1999 with help from NHLF. 

 
Accession No. 25748

At the coronations of the British monarchy, the sovereign’s right hand glove is removed and the coronation ring is put on. For some 150 years, the coronation gloves have been produced by Messrs Harborow of London. A duplicate glove was always made in case of accident to the original and in 1972, Messrs Harborow presented these to the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London. In 1953, the Glovers Company was itself granted the privilege of producing the glove for HM Queen Elizabeth II, under instructions received in January 1953 from the Lord Chamberlain acting pursuant to the Earl Marshal’s directive. 

The original coronation glove worn by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation on 2nd June 1953, the hand of white kid leather, grain side out, with separately embroidered gauntlet lined in crimson silk, covered with raised gold purl wire embroidery and metal strip, sprigged with sequins with roses, acorns and shamrocks, the upper hand with raised gold purl E II R below embroidered and red velvet Queenly crown, 34 cm long. 
Conserved 1995 – 1999 with help from NHLF. 

 
Accession No. 25749
The Catalogue is under Copyright (C) 2012, The Glove Collection Trust.