I recently had an amazing opportunity to visit Dents gloves factory in Warminster, Somerset and take a peek at the glorious gloves collection of their museum.
The display ranged from the most extraordinary and special gloves in the world to a wide selection of fashionable gloves of different eras, tracing back several hundred years.
The most honorable one was the royally embroidered Queen Elisabeth II Coronation glove, from 1953. Remarkably, the glove is made just for one hand and was barely worn at the ceremony. Being so special it is kept in a special sealed display cabinet with personal temperature management system.
Among most extraordinary gloves were the tiniest ones, of just 2-3cm in length – named the world´s smallest hand knitted gloves. The smalles leather gloves were not much bigger and meticulously hand stitched.
In Medieval times glove´s fingers were made to look extra long by extending the gussets way into the gloves, as extremely long fingers were considered elegant in early 17th century.
My personal favourites were the hand painted Victorian era gloves, 1880-1900.
Up to early Victorian days gloves were often made to individual requirements of ladies of fashion. Not just size wise, but also also design wise. The selection of points, crests and embroideries were made from specimens exhibited in glove shops.
There were even some sequence embroidered gloves from those times.
And a large contemporary selection…