Glove Stretchers (2)

Yesterday we looked at a metal pair of glove stretchers. Today we step back in time a few years and possibly down market in money terms, and look at a wooden pair of stretchers.

19th century wooden glove stretchers

19th century wooden glove stretchers

This tool had just the same job as the metal pair. Insert the point into glove fingers, squeeze the handles and stretch the material the gloves were made of, just a little to enable them to slide more easily on the fingers. This was most important with kid gloves which, to be fashionable, had to be a tight fit.

This wooden version probably dates from the late 19th century. We think this pair is particularly elegant being very simple with its graceful curves, but also effective at the intended job.

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