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Glove stretchers
(c. 1900)

Medium
ivory, metal
Measurements
1.1 × 3.8 × 19.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
(England)
Inscription
embossed in ink at hinge on front: B/F
Accession Number
D45-1981
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Professor P. W. Musgrave, 1981
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Ivory glove stretchers with twisted handles and curved detail at base of plain blades. Hinged with metal spring.

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.