These Victorian or Edwardian gloves from a California estate are in such fabulous condition that I expect they were worn only once -- most likely by a bride -- and then stored carefully away for generations. Not only are there no rips or tears, but there's none of the age discoloration one expects to see. Styled with a highly ornate pattern to cover the back of the hand and plain mesh over the palm, they measure about 9 1/2 inches from the tip of the middle finger to the outer edge of the flared gauntlet. Mesh does stretch a bit, of course, but these will be best for small hands.
Please bear in mind that historic gloves, bags and other fabric creations have almost inevitably picked up some scent of smoke through the years. I don't notice it on these and, if present, a rinse and airing should take care of it. However, I advise those who are allergic (or militant) simply to avoid antique and vintage items made of cloth.
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