BISHOP WYKEHAMíS GLOVE
FROM A DRAWING BY THE AUTHOR
THE left-hand glove of a pair of great interest and beauty, and, taking into consideration their age (517 years), in a wonderful state of preservation; they are made of crimson, purl knitted, silk, embroidered on the backs and cuffs with gold, now faded and tarnished. The octagon designs round the cuffs are separated by small squares of green silk; a double band of gold embroidery encircles each finger and thumb. The entire length of the gloves from the tip of the middle finger to the edge of the cuff is 9ĺ inches. The cuffs are lined with crimson silk: the circles on the back of the hand, with their sixteen flame-pointed arms worked in gold, surround the sacred monogram.
These early ecclesiastical gloves belonged to William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, the founder of New College, Oxford (originally designated St. Maryís College of Winchester in Oxenford), in 1379, and were probably worn by him at the opening religious ceremonial, April 14th, 1386.
They are carefully preserved in the Treasury of New College, Oxford.