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Woman's Gloves

Made by Alexandrine, Paris, 1864 - ?

Made in France, Europe

c. 1887

Kid leather and silk

9 5/8 x 3 1/8 inches (24.5 x 8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Evelyn L. Whitaker in memory of her mother, Mary Jeanette Coffin Whitaker, 1930

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