Men's gloves

Pair of men's gloves, 19th century, Dessi Magnetti, I-Cagliari. UK-Edinburgh, National Museums of Scotland, 1913.1.15 (MS Inventory 26)

Sea-silk, plain knitting right, with three patterned rows on the back and the edge

At the Great Exhibition of 1862 at London, sea-silk products from Italy are shown for the first time. The Official Catalogue of the Industrial Departement mentions these gloves from Sardinia: «Dessi Magnetti Avv. V. Cagliari. – Byssus of the Pinna, with thread, gloves, etc. made of it».

The Royal Italian Commission, which had brought these objects to London, offered them to the former Industrial Museum of Scotland, now the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. According to Simmonds 1883 - in addition to these gloves - a tie belonged to the objects shown by Magnetti. Their whereabouts are unknown.



Men's gloves
Pair of men's gloves, 19th c., Dessi Magnetti, I-Cagliari. UK-Edinburgh, National Museums of Scotland, 1913.1.15 (MS Inventory 26)