A wonderful pair of Art Nouveau glove stretchers! This pair date back to Edwardian era, circa 1907. The sterling silver handles feature ornate repoussé workmanship, the elegant flowing curved linear and organic repoussé along handles reflect Art Nouveau period. The actual tongs and spring are made of steel.
English hallmarked along handle - 'h' to one side 'g' to other (1906-1907), city mark 'anchor' (Birmingham), silver standard mark – 'lion' (925) and makers mark- LS & Co: Lionel Smith & Co of once Spencer Street, Birmingham.
The stretchers measure 19cm or 7 1/2 inches in total length. The condition is good considering the 100+ age- the spring is sturdy. There is some dents to one section of the repoussé handles. Patina has been left.
During the Victorian and early Edwardian era gloves were a status symbol and a lady wouldn't dream of going outside without her gloves. 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 to stretch for ease of wear.
ERA: Edwardian, Art Nouveau period - c1907
PROVENANCE: England- Birmingham
MATERIAL: Sterling Silver handles and steel tongs
HALLMARK: 'h' to one side 'g' to other (1906-1907), city mark 'anchor' (Birmingham), silver standard mark – 'lion' (925) and makers mark- LS & Co: Lionel Smith & Co of once Spencer Street, Birmingham.
SIZE: 19cm or 7 1/2 inches in length.
CONDITION: Good Antique condition! Consistent with the 100+ age some dents can be seen to one section of the repoussé handles. There is a natural patina that gives a darkened appearance and adds depth to the design. It can be polished for a brighter look, as level of polish is a matter of taste!
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