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Glove stretchers
(c. 1900)

ivory, metal
1.1 × 3.8 × 19.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Professor P. W. Musgrave, 1981
Gallery location
Not on display

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.