Men's gloves

Pair of man's gloves, 18th century?, origin unknown. GB-London, Natural History Museum, Department of Zoology, Invertebrates I (Mollusca) T12915
(MS Inventory 14)

Sea-silk, plain knitting right, short, with fingers



These gloves are probably the ones mentioned in the book of Way 1994 about Sir Hans Sloane, the founder of the British Museum: «A pair of men’s gloves made of the beard of the pinna marina in Andalousia in Spaine (sic!) sent me by His Grace the Duke of Richmond.» In Appendix 2 is found under the codicil 10 July 1749, visitors to the collection «appointed to the Will of Sir Hans Sloane; so «His Grace Charles, Duke of Richmond (deceased – codicil 18 September 1750)»


Title: [B] Pinna nobilis, Mediterranean noble pen shell
Image reference: 012915
Description: Specimen of the Mediterranean noble pen shell (Pinna nobilis). This bivalve mollusc lives in an upright position, partially buried in sand or mud. It provides an unexpected source for fabric.

In 2000, these gloves were exhibited in the gallery of marine invertebrates of the Natural History Museum in London.


Sources: Way in 1994, McKinley 1998



Men's gloves
Herrenhandschuhe, 18. Jh.?, Herkunft unbekannt. GB-London, Natural History Museum, Department of Zoology, Invertebrates I (Mollusca)
(MS Inventory 14)