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Glove Stretchers (2)

February 17, 2016

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.

A glove stretcher

February 16, 2016

We have more than one glove stretcher at Market Lavington Museum. Back in the Victorian era these devices were essential for ladies, particularly those who wore the fashionable kid gloves. Such gloves were definitely regarded as stylish and may well have been warm and cosy, but they could be hard to get on. That’s where the glove stretcher came in. You simply inserted the pointy end into each finger and squeezed the handles together. This opened up the end in the fingers and so stretched them a little. The gloves could now go on easily. Here is one of ours at the museum.

Glove stretcher at Market Lavington Museum

Glove stretcher at Market Lavington Museum

This ‘pair’ is made of brass with pretty embossing on the handles. These are thought to be early 20th century in construction. Kid gloves, of course, remained ‘de rigeur’ well into that century.

We’d like to thank this site – – because we needed to learn something of the history of glove stretchers and that’s where we found it.