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Victorian Bone Glove Stretchers - Original

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Nice set of Victorian Bone glove stretchers

From the Aesthetic Era of 1880 - 1903, these measures 7” long and has a scissor action pivoting on an internal bone wheel. In good condition, except for a stain on the inside of each stem stretcher - see photos.

During the Victorian era gloves were a required accessory, and a lady wouldn't dream of going outside without her gloves.

The Essential Handbook of Victorian Etiquette advised that the only time it was required to remove gloves was while at the table. Gloves were made of kid, thread, silk or washing leather and these fabrics tended not to have much give so they had to be stretched when new or just washed. Given that the gloves were usually worn skin tight these stretchers were used on the fingers so the gloves could be put on. A small hand was the sign of great beauty -- so it was not unusual for ladies to buy gloves a size or two smaller than their hand size, and then take them home to stretch them to fit!

Please see my other Victorian era accessories at http://www.etsy.com/shop/victoriansentiments?section_id=7179692. I've got a great selection of Victorian jewelry too!

Victorian Bone Glove Stretchers - Original


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Material: bone
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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