Monday, May 18, 2015

19th Century fingerless mittens

From the seller:

A fine pair of 1860’s cotton lace mitts/gloves. There are designed in the thumb style. The fabric has an open weave pattern. The mitts are in very good condition. There are no breaks in the lace. There are a few small age spots on one of the gloves. Length 13 inches.

From me:

I'm not sure which decade these are from. Fingerless mittens were popular for a long time before the 1860's and a long time after - they are still pretty popular today. Based on the lace style, I'm thinking earlier than 1860's but I'm not really sure. Anyone else want to take a stab at it?

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