PLATE XIX

GLOVES OF KING JAMES I

THESE gloves, attributed to James I., are of a darkish brown leather, measuring from the tip of the middle finger to the edge of the lace on the gauntlet 12 inches; the gauntlets are open at the side some 3 inches, and are edged with fine gold twisted lace, which is continued entirely round the gauntlet; the embroidery is of silk and gold and silver thread, a conspicuous emblem being the Scottish thistle, in partly natural colours, the colouring generally being what may be described as esthetic.

The insides of the gauntlets are lined with red silk. From the beautiful embroidered work, and from the whole character of the gloves, they may certainly be supposed to have belonged to a royal personage.

They are in excellent preservation, and are carefully treasured by their owner, Alfred de la Fontaine, Esqr.