PLATE XIII

MITTENS
SIXTEENTH CENTURY

A PAIR of mittens, or fingerless gloves, of crimson velvet, embroidered on the backs, and in a lesser degree on the palms, with a conventional design in gold thread. The hands and thumbs are edged with gold-thread cord. The gauntlets, covered with white satin, are cut into panels at the bottom and embroidered with flowers in various coloured silks together with conventional leaves, and pendent semicircular designs in gold and silver thread and spangles, and tiny beads are sprinkled about the ground.

The length of the gloves is 16 inches, and their date late sixteenth century. They were given by Queen Elizabeth to her maid of honour, Margaret Edgcumbe, wife of Sir Edward Denny, Kt., Baronet.

Presented by Sir Edward Denny, Bart., to the South Kensington Museum.