THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF FLATBUSH
by Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt
Gloves are an expensive and necessary part of the lady's equipment, but
they have not, from the nature of things, been subjected to the same changes
as have other articles of dress, except as to improvement in color and quality.
The buttoned gloves worn in full dress were not so common a few years ago
as they are now.
When children and young misses all wore short sleeves, there were long
kid gloves which could be drawn up above the elbow; for school-children these
long gloves were made of "nankeen."
[nankeen: a firm, durable, yellow or buff fabric, originally made from a
natural-colored Chinese cotton.] For weddings and parties, long kid gloves
reached half way to the elbow, and were trimmed with lace, swan's-down, or
quilled satin ribbon; when they were not worn so long, then buttoned gloves
came in fashion.
Silk gloves and mitts were in more general use formerly than they are at
present. As long ago as in the past century they were worn of colors selected
to match the rest of the dress.
We copy the following advertisement from a newspaper published in 1773:
women's silk and worsted gloves and mitts
women's white and purple kid gloves and mitts
women's purple gloves and mitts
women's crimson gloves and mitts
women's blue gloves and mitts
women's black gloves and mitts
women's white gloves and mitts
women's cloth-coloured gloves and mitts
This last-named color is as much a puzzle to us as some of the fancy
names which are now given to various colors may be to those of the next generation.
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