Don’t forget your gloves~

IMG_0694Last weekend’s haul from the give-away pile included the usual assortment of “junk” plus a nice Chinese fan, an old needle case with great graphics, and a set of Muttluks. Obviously, I don’t need the Muttluks, but I can probably sell them for the price of a meal at the Thai place.  I’ve been craving Thai lately.

But it’s not all old wine glasses and Tupperware. Here’s a piece of clothing for a woman, and I don’t even know what it’s called, but it’s antique.

IMG_0688Look at the detailing on all those pin tucks and the interior lining. It’s very small, I can’t even try it on. I have someone in mind for it, though, she’ll probably put it in her Etsy shop. I could do the same, but she’ll enjoy getting her hands on it first.

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But there’s something else I can’t resist picking up, and that’s the gloves. Almost every box with the old handkerchiefs, scarves, and belts will have a pair of white kid gloves. I have absolutely no use for any of these, but they are beautiful. None of them fit me, either.

I remember ladies wearing gloves to church back in the ’60’s when I was little, and I remember having them myself. I’m pretty sure those were cotton, though. These go back a bit farther in time, but I don’t know when kid went out of style and cotton became the norm.

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But last night I found a pair that were more unusual. I picked them up of course, because I can’t resist the feel of them, but also because I  noticed that they were larger. IMG_0692Ah ha, I thought, maybe these will fit me (not that I would wear them anywhere.) So I took them home and tried them on. Too big! But there was a folded up piece of paper in one glove~IMG_0693Some gentleman’s wedding gloves! I’ll bet you anything his wife wrote that piece of paper and saved them. Franklin B. Hams (or Harris?) wedding gloves November 19, 1856.
Naturally, I did a web search for the name, but I didn’t come up with anything.
So. While I think this is extremely cool,  I’m not trying to start a museum here. I have a lot of vintage linens and quilts and things from my own family history, and I don’t want to confuse things for my kids by leaving random people’s antiques in my estate.  I suppose I’ll do some further research to determine if they have any value and then try to sell them.
But you readers can have first pick from my glove collection!

Jeanne

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7 responses to “Don’t forget your gloves~

  1. I love the gloves, they’re so fancy.

  2. You have some interesting finds here, Jeanne. I especially like the gloves, the ones with the tiny buds are lovely. Yes, I remember wearing gloves and fancy hats. I wonder where they all disappeared to after I stopped wearing them. they fell out of vogue after some time.
    Lovely post.

  3. How beautiful it all is! Yes, I remember glove times, but cotton was the thing by my youth. Those wedding gloves are gorgeous. What a lovely find, to come across the note!

    • Kathryn, my first thought when I felt the paper was that someone had slipped a secret note to the glove’s owner, and they had hidden it there. But knowing the date that they were worn is really special!

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