Glove Affair

Glove Affair Glove Affair is an Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund project exploring Worcestershire’s long history with the gloving industry

This is another example of a pair of gloves that still have their patterns with them. This pair of black leather gloves ...
23/12/2022

This is another example of a pair of gloves that still have their patterns with them. This pair of black leather gloves are wrist length and are decorated with perforations and embroidery styled like a chain across the trank. This design can be identified in the paper pattern.

It’s not long until Christmas now and nothing says Christmas time more than these sparkly gloves recently found in the a...
22/12/2022

It’s not long until Christmas now and nothing says Christmas time more than these sparkly gloves recently found in the archive! 🎉🎄✨

This is a red leather glove which has embroidery in the form of flowers going up the fingers. This is also evident on th...
16/12/2022

This is a red leather glove which has embroidery in the form of flowers going up the fingers. This is also evident on the paper patterns that were found with them

Interestingly, the glove patterns are often found with their leather glove partners, just like this white leather glove ...
09/12/2022

Interestingly, the glove patterns are often found with their leather glove partners, just like this white leather glove produced by Worcester glove manufacturer Miloré. They include details such as the placement of decorative elements like the button on the side and measurements.

This is a pair of black suede glove with stab stitch embroidery in gold made by the Worcester glove manufacturer The Sty...
08/12/2022

This is a pair of black suede glove with stab stitch embroidery in gold made by the Worcester glove manufacturer The Stylish Glove Company. From the label inside the glove the size is 6 1/2.

These are a pair of beautiful two tone leather gloves made by Miloré which are a burgundy red and light grey. Around the...
28/11/2022

These are a pair of beautiful two tone leather gloves made by Miloré which are a burgundy red and light grey. Around the wrist area the leather is pulled back to reveal the grey scalloped cuff which has a flower on it in an embroidered burgundy thread.

This is a pair of black leather gloves that are wrist length. They are decorated with very small gold beads in a v forma...
25/11/2022

This is a pair of black leather gloves that are wrist length. They are decorated with very small gold beads in a v formation with a small pearlescent bead at each of the points and a sequin in the recess. This motif is then repeated across the trank.

This large glove almost looks like a bear’s paw! It was made by the Worcester glove company Dents and the inside is line...
14/11/2022

This large glove almost looks like a bear’s paw! It was made by the Worcester glove company Dents and the inside is lined whilst the outside is fur and brown leather.

These samples are of embroidery which was likely used to create the points on a glove, here are some very colourful comb...
02/11/2022

These samples are of embroidery which was likely used to create the points on a glove, here are some very colourful combinations!

This Victorian leather glove was recently found in the archive with documentation attached. It appears to be a patent pe...
12/10/2022

This Victorian leather glove was recently found in the archive with documentation attached. It appears to be a patent pertaining to the design of a Dent, Allcroft & Co glove. The back has two tassels which would likely wind around the buttons to fasten.

These samples of embroidered points were recently found in the archive. The points are the three lines of stitching down...
21/09/2022

These samples of embroidered points were recently found in the archive. The points are the three lines of stitching down the front of the trank on a glove

These samples were recently found in the archive. They demonstrate the making process including the fourchettes, quirks ...
08/09/2022

These samples were recently found in the archive. They demonstrate the making process including the fourchettes, quirks and the thumb

In this photo is Evelyn Grater who was a designer for Dents and Stan Perry who was a buyer also for Dents. They are spea...
08/09/2022

In this photo is Evelyn Grater who was a designer for Dents and Stan Perry who was a buyer also for Dents. They are speaking with H M Whimray, a Dents Director at the Plymouth Factory.

This is Worcester Machine room in 1926 although the Manufacturer is not specified. It does name a Mrs Saul as the Charge...
16/08/2022

This is Worcester Machine room in 1926 although the Manufacturer is not specified. It does name a Mrs Saul as the Chargehand who would manage the production as instructed by a Manager

These photos are of two marketing shots from the 1960s, likely for Miloré, the Worcester glove manufacturer. One is of a...
29/07/2022

These photos are of two marketing shots from the 1960s, likely for Miloré, the Worcester glove manufacturer. One is of a pair of white belted gloves and the other of two white cut out gloves.

In this photo a Miloré worker is stamping using an ink tray and stamp. In addition to labels being stamped the insides o...
21/07/2022

In this photo a Miloré worker is stamping using an ink tray and stamp. In addition to labels being stamped the insides of gloves also were to track which worker made each piece, ensuring all the pieces were there when they moved onto the next stage of manufacture (1960s)

These women are likely visiting a manufacturer or leather, and although not specified it could be Pittards. Often employ...
14/07/2022

These women are likely visiting a manufacturer or leather, and although not specified it could be Pittards. Often employees were given talks/courses in glove manufacture so they could appreciate the whole process of it, from treating hides to selling the gloves. It is dated 1960s

This photo shows the Machine part of the Southampton Factory. It is likely this factory could be part of the Dents compa...
12/07/2022

This photo shows the Machine part of the Southampton Factory. It is likely this factory could be part of the Dents company as they had many other premises nationally and internationally. The room is filled with many women working at sewing machines.

Miloré machinist sewing gloves together, 1960s.
09/07/2022

Miloré machinist sewing gloves together, 1960s.

Recently found in the archive, a notebook on ‘Gloves Across the Counter’ which details glove manufacture, types of leath...
30/06/2022

Recently found in the archive, a notebook on ‘Gloves Across the Counter’ which details glove manufacture, types of leather and glove fabrics. It also explains the information found on a glove label

This snippet from a newspaper was recently found in the archive. In it Mr Rich, of Miloré discusses the economic crisis ...
29/06/2022

This snippet from a newspaper was recently found in the archive. In it Mr Rich, of Miloré discusses the economic crisis which inevitably effected glove factories across the UK, including Worcester. Rich claimed the quality of Miloré’s product be must upheld to succeed

This is a letter to Miloré from Gina Galliford on behalf of Mrs G.B Jackson, on the 23rd November 1971. It thanks Miloré...
15/06/2022

This is a letter to Miloré from Gina Galliford on behalf of Mrs G.B Jackson, on the 23rd November 1971. It thanks Miloré for cleaning and relining her gloves. Galliford describes Jackson as “one very satisfied customer”.

Found in the archive, this photo is of a presentation to Hon. M.F.P Lubbock, 1926. Although not confirmed by notation wi...
10/06/2022

Found in the archive, this photo is of a presentation to Hon. M.F.P Lubbock, 1926. Although not confirmed by notation with the photo this is could quite possibly be at Fownes judging by the size of the space and the positioning of the windows.

These two photographs from the Ring Archive show the Queen and Prince Philip receiving Worcester made gloves when they v...
04/06/2022

These two photographs from the Ring Archive show the Queen and Prince Philip receiving Worcester made gloves when they visited the Guildhall in 1957 🧤

In celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee here is a photo from the Ring Archive. In this photograph Lord Woolton presents th...
03/06/2022

In celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee here is a photo from the Ring Archive. In this photograph Lord Woolton presents the Queen with the Coronation Glove which was made by Dents. Two were made in case of need but only one was worn.

As we head into several days of Jubilee celebrations it is important not to forget that it is also Volunteers Week.  Glo...
01/06/2022

As we head into several days of Jubilee celebrations it is important not to forget that it is also Volunteers Week. Glove Affair and Museums Worcestershire owes a lot to its wonderful volunteers who give up their time and expertise to help us! Thank you https://volunteersweek.org/

This is a marketing shot for Miloré gloves at spring. Both gloves are wrist length, one with perforations and French sea...
31/05/2022

This is a marketing shot for Miloré gloves at spring. Both gloves are wrist length, one with perforations and French seams and the other with embroidery and cut outs. Unfortunately the photo is in black and white but both were available in a range of colours!

Found in the archive, this photo is of a Dents party and social evening in February 1954.
30/05/2022

Found in the archive, this photo is of a Dents party and social evening in February 1954.

The Dispatch Department for an unknown glove manufacturer. According to notation with this photograph, present is a Mr S...
27/05/2022

The Dispatch Department for an unknown glove manufacturer. According to notation with this photograph, present is a Mr Stevens, Mr Moody and Miss Broughton although who’s who is currently unknown. The estimated time is the 1920s.

This week we go beyond gloving and host a third welfare session at the Commandery with plenty of opportunities to share ...
25/05/2022

This week we go beyond gloving and host a third welfare session at the Commandery with plenty of opportunities to share Worcester’s history with new friends from Ukraine. Mariia and Tomasz have worked tirelessly and thanks to the Esmee Fairbairn Fdn. for supporting this work!🧤🇺🇦

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