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Woman's Gloves

Artist/maker unknown, Spanish?

Possibly made in Spain, Europe

c. 1795

White kid leather stitched in fine pale blue silk thread, printed from an engraved plate with medium blue ink

8 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches (21.6 x 9.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Margaret C. Cowell and Miss Annie A. Cowell, 1922

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Gloves, the finishing touch to women's formal and outdoor ensembles, were usually plain in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the late eighteenth century, however, kid gloves could be embellished with printed designs; on this charming pair, insects, feathers, and vines form a band on the cuffs and a courting scene unfolds on the back of the hands.

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