PLATE XLV

No. 1

COLONEL DUCKETT’S GLOVES
EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

A PAIR of large dark brown leather gloves, measuring 11˝ inches inclusive; the gauntlets are short, being only 3 inches deep, composed entirely of one broad piece of gold lace, and are lined with pale yellow satin; the backs of the gloves are slightly embroidered with a floral design in gold wire thread, together with some herring-bone stitching of the same material. These gloves have a clumsy appearance, and mark the decline from the beauty and elegance of the Stuart and earlier periods; they are said to have belonged to Colonel William Duckett, who served in Queen Anne’s Army under the great Duke of Marlborough; they were at one time exhibited at the South Kensington Museum, and are now in the collection of the Author.

No. 2

A PAIR OF LEATHER MITTENS

A PAIR of fingerless gloves, or mittens, of thick brown leather; they measure only 8˝ inches in length, of which 1˝ inches forms a cuff of crimson morocco leather, the inside being lined some 2˝ inches up with stout leather; the stitching throughout is of a very coarse character, and strength, rather than style or elegance, seems to have been the object of the maker; their appearance suggests a falconer as their original owner, and their date is probably early sixteenth century. In the collection of the Author.