PLATE II

GLOVES OF KING HENRY VI

A REMARKABLE pair of fifteenth - century gloves, which belonged to Henry VI. They are made of fine brown Spanish leather, lined with deer skin, tanned with the hair on. The gauntlets reach to the elbow, and can be turned down when required. They are described as small enough for a “middle-sized woman”; their total length is 18 inches, and the width across the top of the gauntlet is 7˝ inches.

The King was concealed, after the battle of Hexham, at Bolton Hall, Yorkshire, and these gloves were given by him to Sir Ralph Pudsey. They were long treasured at Bolton Hall, and afterwards at Hornby Castle, together with a pair of the same monarch’s boots.

The property of Free Public Museums, Liverpool.