Gloves and Glove-making (Shire Library) (UK Edition)

October 30, 2020
Gloves and Glove-making (Shire Library) (UK Edition)

From workaday marigolds to hand-wear custom crafted for theQueen, gloves perform many functions – insulation from the cold,protection from injury, and even ceremonial roles. Gloves have beenused since prehistoric times, but in Britain their use as formaland fashion items took off during Elizabeth I's reign, and played asurprisingly significant cultural role well into the nineteenthcentury. They were often given as precious gifts, used incoronation ceremonies, sent to indicate assent, or even to offer aformal challenge.This beautifully illustrated history, published in associationwith the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London, delves into theglove's place in history, offers detailed descriptions of theirproduction in the artisanal workshop and on the factory floor, andalso tells the fascinating story of the closely guarded privilegesof the glove-makers' guilds.