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From workaday marigolds to hand-wear custom crafted for the Queen- gloves perform many functions - insulation from the cold- protection from injury- and even ceremonial roles. Gloves have been used since prehistoric times- but in Britain their use as formal and fashion items took off during Elizabeth Is reign- and played a surprisingly significant cultural role well into the nineteenth century. They were often given as precious gifts- used in coronation ceremonies- sent to indicate assent- or even to offer a formal challenge. This beautifully illustrated history- published in association with the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London- delves into the gloves place in history- offers detailed descriptions of their production in the artisanal workshop and on the factory floor- and also tells the fascinating story of the closely guarded privileges of the glove-makers guilds.... Please click here to ask a question
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