One of a pair of a Women's gloves: 17th century
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One of a pair of woman's embroidered one-piece gauntlet gloves of soft beige kid or lamb skin dressed flesh-side out. Cut with a slight flare in the lower section of the outer (little finger) edge which is left open for the depth of the gauntlet. The finger seams are continued for 4cm down the backs as a decorative feature. The gauntlets are backed with linen and lined with pinkish-cream silk, which is turned to the front to bind the lower edges and the slit openings, which are additionally trimmed with a short fringe of silver-gilt thread bound with pink and cream silk. The gauntlets are decorated along the lower edge and up to the side slits with a line of trefoils alternating with large 'buds' and linked by interlaced loops of thread; worked with laid and couched silver-gilt thread, tiny pieces of cord wrapped with fine silver-gilt wire and pieces of silver-gilt purl.
1610 AD - 1640 AD