GLOVES OF KING CHARLES I
The frequent visits of King Charles to the mansion of Sir Thomas Milward (whom His Majesty knighted on one of these occasions) at Eaton Dovedale, near Uttoxeter, justifies the assertion that the two pairs of gloves, given on this and the following plate, belonged to King Charles, and that they were left by him at Eaton Dovedale on one or other of his visits. They are of buff leather, lined with white kid, the gauntlets being embroidered in a simple manner with gold braid and having a rather deep edging of spangled gold lace, the spangles themselves being also of gold, which is very unusual. The confining loops at the openings at the sides of the gauntlet are of ribbed silk, the colour being royal purple; the same coloured silk forms the lining for about 2½ inches inside the gauntlets, and turning outwards and over gives the foundation on which is sewn the gold lace edging; the seams of the fingers and thumbs are also outlined with gold braid. The total length of the gloves is 14 inches. There is a Van Dyck-ish look about these gloves, which assists the belief that they belonged to the martyr King. Treasured with the gloves the Milwards have preserved an old water-colour drawing of the family mansion, on the back of which is written, in a bold hand, the following: “The ruins of Eton Dovedale near Uttoxeter in the County of Derby the residence of Sir Thomas Milward who there entertained King Charles . . . in the year. . . . His eldest son married Sarah Daughter of Levinge Esqr., of Sheepey in the Coy of Leicester, by whom he had one only son, The Revnd. Thos. Milward, educated at Eton. He disinherited his son and to his eternal disgrace left this fine estate to his brother Win. Milward, an Attorney in Uttoxeter, who sold it for an old song and cheated the Lawful Heir of it.” The watermark date on the paper on which this is written is 1794. These interesting gloves have quite recently passed out of the keeping of the Milward family into the collection of the Author.