PLATE XXXIII

A LADY’S GLOVES
LATE SIXTEENTH CENTURY

THIS pair of gloves, of elaborate and rich character, were evidently once the property of a lady of quality. They are of pale warm-coloured buff leather. The stitching of the seams of the thumbs and fingers, of green silk, is very fine, terminating below the knuckles in a pointed pattern; while a larger and more elaborated pattern occurs on the palm of the hand. The gauntlets, which are sewn on to the gloves, are of dark claret-coloured silk, richly embroidered with gold and silver gimp and gold cord, and profusely spangled with silver discs. A design, resembling the Prince of Wales’ feathers, is thrice repeated on each gauntlet. A narrow band of gold lace divides the cuff from the glove. The total length is 12¾ inches.

In the collection of the Author.