Glove

before 1750, Andalusia? UK-London, Natural History Museum, Department of Zoology, Invertebrates I (Mollusca) Label: Sloane specimen no. 4912 (MS Inventory 16)

Sea-silk, plain knitting right, fringes on border and wrist, 7 stitches per 1 cm


This glove is depicted in the book of J. & A. van Rymsdyk Magnificent Cabinet, the British Museum, published in 1778. It contains «several figures of Sloane shells; in particular a plate devoted to the Pinna, 'Pinna marina' or Fan Mussel, with figures of the shell, and a pair of gloves woven from the fibres of its silky byssus, from Andalusia, presented to Sir Hans Sloane by the Duke of Richmond. One of these gloves is still extant and in good preservation.»

Richard Rutt, an authority on the history of hand knitting, has analyzed this glove in 1992. He described it as «a woman’s glove, one only, Sloane 4912. It is knitted in stockinet: 'Two rows of reversed stockinet with knitted fringe at the cuff, the same decorative work round the wrist. 6.5 stitches to 10 mm.' »

Other sources: Way 1994, Appleby 1997, McKinley 1998


Glove
Glove, before 1750, Andalusia? UK-London, Natural History Museum, Department of Zoology, Invertebrates I (Mollusca) Label: Sloane specimen no. 4912 (MS Inventory 16)