PLATE XXV

THE NASEBY GLOVES
SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

APART from the extreme elegance of this pair of lady’s gloves, there is attached to them an historic arid pathetic interest.  Till within a few years ago they were treasured by a lady named Clarence, who died at Eversden, in Cambridgeshire. This lady was a native of Naseby, and was connected with the Ashby family of that place. The gloves are believed to have belonged to a Royalist lady who was at Naseby with the Cavalier army when the fatal defeat of King Charles took place (June 14th, 1645), and that in the hurried flight which ensued these gloves, together with many other belongings of the Royalists, were left behind. The gloves, which are very small, are made of thin light-coloured buff leather, which is a pure white on the inside; the gauntlets are of maroon silk cut into panels, three in front and three at the back, and delicately embroidered with gold cord and edged with gold lace, with a lining of blue silk; their total length is 12 inches, and they are in excellent preservation.

In the collection of the Author.