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Glove stretchers
(c. 1900)

Artist/s name
Medium
ivory, metal
Measurements
1.1 x 3.8 x 19.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
(England)
Accession Number
D45-1981
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Professor P. W. Musgrave, 1981
Gallery location
Not on display
About

Glove stretchers were used by both men and women to ensure their tight kid gloves kept their shape and still fit on their fingers after being washed, when gloves could become wrinkled or stiff. Once the pointed end of the glove stretcher was inserted into the glove’s finger the handle was compressed so that the stretcher’s two ends splayed out, restoring the glove’s shape.