Date: Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:41 am
Subject: glove research stuff
I have been researching this weekend in the library and online period pictures
of gloves. Not so much extant gloves though I've run across a few of those
as well but more paintings portraits statuary manuscript illustrations and
My main jumping off points were some costume books that were illustrated
from period sources Boucher
and a few others.
Before the 16th century there is not very much. Then in the 16th century
everyone is shown holding their gloves (and in a few rare instances wearing
them) but its rather difficult to tell many details when they are wadded
up in the hand. In the 17th century more portraits appear with people actually
wearing gloves but the style of glove seems to change also.
Before the 16th century its hard to generalize I still have too few examples.
One detail I noticed is the 16th century glove seems In most cases to
have some type of knotted cord on it. I assume this is used like a draw
string to pull it tight for a more fitted glove. What is not clear to me
either is how it is attatched to the glove, all I can tell is it dangles
from the end. By the 17th century this detail vanishes completely. My assumption
here too is that the 16th century gloves are more fitted than later. Certainly
durer's 15th century gloves are virtually skintight. a 13th century illustration
also had some kind of bow hanging off of it so likely this was the same
Comparing the 9 different modern patterns available from Vogue,
I've found that more is the same than different they each have some variation
to justify a separate pattern but the basic glove pattern. The trank (fingers
and hand section) the thumb hole, thumb piece and fourchettes remain the
same throughout all 9 patterns. What changes is the cuff. How long it is.
And how much it is flared. And Then ornamentation. To What extent are these
variation considerations for making period gloves? Btw, for What its worth
vogue uses a French thumb. (Which according to a post on this list is the
earlier of the two basic thumb types? is there any other advantage to One
or the other?)
Would it be useful to look at armoured gloves also? I am more interested
In making cloth gloves, but apparently the glove fashion In Europe was started
By crusaders mailed mits and the earliest examples seem to be of the early
Plantagenet kings, and the clergy. although I read in one book that Carlolingian
ladies liked to wear fur mittens... but I havent seen this elsewhere to
verify something so early.
Just for drothers I tried looking up photos of King Arthur and Robin Hood
movies to see what gloves were worn but I didnt see any gloves at all. I
also looked up gloves and laced/lace/lacing/ "lace up" and nothing popped
up that wasnt totally in a goth and latex vein... not even recreationist.
Anyway, I will stop here. If anyone has some comments to bounce off...
I'd be interested and it would give me a clearer picture to focus on maybe.
all the best,
Stone effigies from tombs of
- Richard I "the Lionheart" (d. 1199) and
- Henry II, (d.1189) both at Rouen. Circular decoration visible on Henry's.